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California Laws | Food and Agriculture Code
DIVISION 13. BEE MANAGEMENT AND HONEY PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. BEES

29153. Any person that desires to maintain and operate a plant for the salvaging of wax, hives, and appliances from diseased apiaries shall apply to the director for an annual license for each separate wax salvage plant. (7687)

29154. The director shall make such investigations as the director determines are necessary and shall issue the license without fee if the director is satisfied that the plant is constructed in accordance with specifications in, and that the plant will be operated pursuant to, regulations adopted pursuant to this article. (7688)

29155. A license is good for the calendar year within which it is issued and shall expire on December 31, of that year, unless it is revoked or suspended sooner. (7689)

29156. Any license which is issued pursuant to this article may be revoked or suspended, or a license renewal may be refused by the director, after hearing, if the director finds that the licensee has not complied with this article and the regulations adopted pursuant to it. (7690)

29157. To the greatest extent possible, the proceedings for all hearings under this article shall be conducted pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. The director shall have all the powers which are granted by the chapter. (7691)

Article 12. Sanitation (29170-29181) (7692)(Text)

29170. No person shall maintain or operate a diseased colony of bees, except pursuant to Section 29074. (7693)

29171. No person shall conceal or attempt to conceal the fact that disease exists within an apiary. (7694)

29172. No person shall sell any diseased bees, comb, hive, appliance, or colony. (7695)

29173. No person shall abandon any diseased apiary. (7696)

29174. No person shall expose to bees any comb or honey from a diseased colony of bees, except pursuant to Section 29074. (7697)

29175. No person shall extract or render any honey, pollen, or wax from comb except in a building or enclosure which is so constructed as to prevent access by bees. (7698)

29176. No person shall possess any comb which is not occupied by a live bee colony unless the comb is tightly enclosed to prevent access to the comb by bees. (7699)

29177. Any hive or appliance which contains any comb that is not occupied by a live bee colony and that is accessible to bees constitutes a public nuisance. The hive or appliance shall be subject to abatement in the same manner as is provided in Article 14 (commencing with Section 29200) of this chapter for abatement of disease. (7700)

29178. No person shall make honey available to bees by means of open air feeding. (7701)

29179. All beekeepers shall provide movable frames in the brood area of all hives which they use to contain bees, and shall make provisions so the bees in the hives shall construct combs in the frames in such a way that the combs may be removed from the hives for inspection without damaging other combs in the hives. (7702)

29180. The inspector shall order the owner or person in charge of any bees which are kept in a box or other unmovable or stationary comb hive to transfer the bees to a movable frame hive within a reasonable time, to be specified in the order. In default of transfer by the owner or person in charge of the bees, the inspector may destroy in a summary manner the hive and its contents. (7703)

29181. No person shall place, in any combless package of bees or queen bees offered for sale or shipment, any food which contains honey. (7704)

Article 13. Colony Strength (29190-29195) (7705)(Text)

29190. The director may establish a system for certifying colony strength for bees used in the pollination of agricultural crops. (7706)

29191. The colony strength of a bee colony shall be certified after inspection on the basis of the number of active frames of bees or the square inches of brood per colony, or both, using a sampling system, approved by the director. (7707)

29192. The inspection and certification of colony strength of bees may be made by department employees, the commissioner or persons authorized by the commissioner, or persons appointed by the director. (7708)

29193. Inspection and certification shall be made at the request of the beekeeper or agricultural producer involved. The party requesting the inspection and certification shall pay for the service. To the greatest extent possible, the inspector shall endeavor to give the beekeeper advance notice of the scheduled date of the inspection. (7709)

29194. The director may by regulation establish reasonable fees to cover the cost of inspection and certification performed by department employees and persons appointed by the director, other than the agricultural commissioner. (7710)

29195. The board of supervisors of the county may establish reasonable fees to cover the cost of inspection and certification performed by the commissioner. (7711)

Article 14. Apiary Inspection (29200-29213) (7712)(Text)

29200. The Legislature finds that in order to ensure the vitality of the apiary industry, to protect the welfare of the people of the State of California, as well as agricultural crops dependent upon bees for pollination, a pest inspection program should be an integral part of the regulatory scheme contained in this division. The Legislature further finds that without a continuing regular inspection program, as further specified in this article, the programs and requirements of law set forth in this division will be impaired. (7713)

29201. (a) The director, or the commissioner, or any inspector acting under their direction, may enter if he or she determines it to be necessary, any location where an apiary is maintained, and make an inspection of the apiary, including ancillary buildings. The inspector may give prior notice of the inspection where the notice would not interfere with the purpose of the inspection. The right of inspection shall occur at reasonable times, and shall not include any dwelling. If the inspector desires entry to any dwelling because he or she suspects maintenance problems regarding a colony, hive, comb, or appliance therein, the inspector, upon request, shall obtain a warrant pursuant to the provisions of Section 1822.50 of the Civil Code and comply with the provisions therein. No person shall interfere with the entry of an inspector in the official course of his or her duty. The inspector shall report the result of the inspection to the beekeeper, where feasible, within five days of the inspection. (7714)

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