Urban Beekeeping

Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project

What is it?

In June 2021, Council approved an extension of the Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project (UBPP) which originally began in 2017. The UBPP has been extended indefinitely, until Planning & Development can capture enough relevant data to advise on appropriate recommendations moving forward, including more robust guidelines.

Backyard or urban beekeeping is the practice of keeping bee colonies in urban areas. Honey bees are used extensively for agricultural pollination (canola, alfalfa, clover) and are critical for the success of whole crops such as blueberries, cherries, almonds, apples, pears and strawberries to name a few. While there are many species of butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and birds that provide the function of pollinators, bees are the major group of pollinators.


Want to ‘bee’ involved?

We are actively seeking resident and non-resident participants for the Pilot Project. Applications will be accepted until we have enough participants.

Residents interested in participating in the pilot should:

If approved, participants will be required to:

  • Register the hive with the Provincial Apiculturist pursuant to the Alberta Bee Act
  • Obtain a Premises ID number from the Provincial Apiculturist
  • Obtain liability insurance to cover accidents related to beekeeping activities
  • Provide proof of completion of an urban beekeeping course from a City-approved organization/association

Applicants will be notified if they are selected via email.

If you are unable to participate by having bees due to lack of an appropriate space, allergies, lack of neighbour consent or other considerations, you can still be involved by joining our Pollinator Working Group. Please use the contact information below to find out how you can join. 


For more information on Urban Beekeeping

Please contact:

Planning and Sustainable Development 


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Planning & Development

P. 403.948.8848

F. 403.948.6567


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