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Urban Beekeeping Licences

Urban beekeeping in St. Albert can help to improve pollination, in turn increasing biodiversity, food security and environmental stability. Urban beekeeping can also serve as a valuable educational experience that provides a connection to nature and our food system. With appropriate management practices in place, beekeeping in urban areas is a safe activity.

On September 11, 2017, City Council passed the Urban Beekeeping Bylaw which allows beekeeping in St. Albert and outlines the regulations required to participate. The Urban Beekeeping Bylaw is specific to the keeping of honey bees. The Bylaw addresses the number of hives, the setback requirement for the placement of hives, training and mentoring for a beekeeper, and that provincial regulations are followed. 

Next Steps

Residents interested in Urban Beekeeping in St. Albert should read the Urban Beekeeping Bylaw. In addition, residents should also take a course on urban beekeeping and look for an experienced mentor who can be there for you as you become a beekeeper.

An Urban Beekeeping Licence is required for honey beekeeping in the City of St. Albert.  The link below contains a complete package with licence application forms and accompanying regulations and resources. 

Urban Beekeeping Licence Application Package



Urban Beekeeping Bylaw

Bee Act

Bee Regulation

Solitary Bees Information Handout

Bee Myths

Alberta Beekeepers Commission

Edmonton District Beekeepers Association

YEG Bees

Frequently Asked Questions


City of St. Albert Planning Branch

Last edited: October 26, 2019

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