Hive Inspections

Hive inspection are required if you are planning to sell hives, nucs or queens in Virginia.  Inspection certificates are good for 1 year in state.

To help with the inspector's work load consider scheduling inspections 
with other beekeepers in your general area on the same day.

Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria:

Beth McClelland will perform inspections 
To schedule an appointment contact her at

Phone number
Address/location of hives
Number of hives/nucs to be inspected

As a backup for schedule changes/concerns, leave a message at 703-973-2783  

Please provide me or the contact with: 
Business name if any
Phone number
Location of bee yard(s) 
Number of colonies in each

Here is an extract of the Virginia Bee Law regarding bee hive inspections:

§ 3.2-4407. Certificate of health to accompany bill of sale.

No bees on combs, hives, used beekeeping equipment 
with combs, or appliances may be offered for sale without a certificate of health prepared by the State Apiarist for each specifically identifiable item. The certificate of health must accompany each bill of sale.

(Code 1950, § 3-502; 1966, c. 702, § 3.1-607; 1972, c. 499, § 3.1-610.17; 2008, c. 860.)

§ 3.2-4408. Rearing package bees and queens for sale.

A. No person shall rear package bees or queens for sale without first applying to the State Apiarist for inspection at least once during each summer season.

B. Upon the discovery of any bee diseases, the rearer or seller shall at once cease to ship bees from affected apiaries until the State Apiarist issues a certificate of health for such apiaries.

C. No person engaged in rearing queen bees for sale shall use honey in the making of bee food for use in mailing cages.

(Code 1950, § 3-496; 1966, c. 702, § 3.1-601; 1972, c. 499, §§ 3.1-610.12, 3.1-610.13; 2008, c. 860.)

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