Apiary (Beekeeping) Inspections

​​​The apiary program offers free, voluntary inspections to all Wisconsin beekeepers.  We have two apiary (bee) inspectors available for inspections May through October.  Inspections are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To Schedule an Inspection (May through October):

Map of apiary inspector territories

Inspector for Northern Wisconsin
Sara LaValley
(715) 492-0814


Inspector for Southern Wisconsin
Charlie Koenen
(608) 444-3209



For Migratory Beekeepers:Apiary inspector

If you need an Apiary Permit or a Certificate of Apiary Inspection for out-of-state movement, schedule an inspection with one of our inspectors and then contact the state apiarist to issue a permit or certificate.  There is a flat fee of $50 for permits/certificates. (Most states require certification to bring in bee hives.)

State Apiarist Liz Meils
P.O. Box 8911
2811 Agriculture Drive
Madison, WI 53708-8911
(608) 224-4572
(608) 224-4656 (fax)

What to expect when you're inspected:

  • Beekeeper should be present for inspection
  • Inspector will ask about hive maintenance and history
  • A percentage of hives will be inspected for mites, symptoms of viruses, foulbrood diseases and exotic pests and diseases
  • Beekeeper assists with the lifting of hive bodies
  • For migratory inspections, hives must be accessible in the yards (not yet loaded on trucks)

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