Miscellaneous Beekeeping Information
MCBA Information center
Useful links and information for both current and aspiring beekeepers alike.
Massachusetts Beekeeping Laws & Regulations
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, General Laws,Part I Title XIX Chapter 128
Section 32: Duties; staff; preparation and distribution of literature on bee culture
Section 33: Maintenance of colony of honey bees in hives in which brood combs are fastened to container; diseased bees
Section 34: Instructions as to treatment of diseased and miskept colonies; destruction
Section 35: Transportation of bees and bee equipment; certificate; inspection; fees
Section 36A: Records; reports
Section 36B: Labeling and sale of honey; restrictions
Section 38: Penalties
Department of Food & Agriculture
330 CMR 8.00: APIARY INSPECTION REGULATIONS
Massachusetts Beekeepers Association (MassBee) Best Management Practices
Massachusetts Beekeepers Association’s current views regarding reasonable considerations for safe and healthy management of honeybees in Massachusetts, and general “Good Neighbor” policies.
Use the link below to download MASSBEE’S Best Management Practices in PDF format
While the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association accepts members from other counties and states, here’s a little information about the county we call home:
Founded in 1643, Middlesex is the most populous county in both Massachusetts and New England.
It is bounded southeast by the Charles River, and drained by the Merrimack, Nashua, and Concord rivers, and other streams.
It is comprised of the following cities and towns: Acton, Arlington, Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Everett, Framingham, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Sherborn, Shirley, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.