This was spotted by Kerry from the Auckland bee Club:-
The Auckland Council draft plan has this in section 5.7 Schedule of changes to regulatory fees and charges.
Page 146 – Category Other
(iii) keeping of bees (consent fee) $190
What does this mean for beekeeping in Auckland?, does this mean if the plan is approved all beekeepers will have to apply for consent to have bees and will this cost $190??
I will try and find our some more information about what this means, is it per hive or per apiary?
If this is approved, will it put people off keeping bees in Auckland?
Is this another nail in the coffin for the poor bees?
You can down this document here:-
It's in volume 3 Financial information, policies and fees.
A direct link to the doc can be found here:- http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/planspoliciesprojects/plansstrategies/Long_term_plan/Documents/ltpvolume3.pdf
Remember people it's still a draft plan, if we are unhappy with this charge. Then put in a submission to the council before it’s approved. If you don’t agree or agree make your feelings known.
SUBMISSIONS HAVE CLOSED NOW
What do you think? What can we do as beekeepers?
*** The closing date for submissions is 4pm on Friday 23 March 2012 ***