(510 ILCS 20/1a)
(from Ch. 8, par. 123a)
As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise
"Abate" means the destruction or disinfection of bees, colonies, or items
of bee equipment by burning or by treatment specified by the Department.
"Apiary" means a place where one or more hives or
of bees are kept.
"Bee diseases" means any infectious or contagious diseases of bees
specified by the Department, including but not limited to American
"Bee equipment" means hives, supers, frames, or
any other devices used in beekeeping.
"Bee parasites" means any parasite of bees as specified by the
"Beekeeper" means a person who keeps bees.
"Beekeeping" means the raising or producing of bees,
beeswax, honey, and by-products and the transporting of bees,
colonies or items of bee equipment.
"Bees" means the common honey bee, Apis mellifera (L) in
any stage of its life cycle.
"Colony" means the entire honey bee family or social unit living
"Compliance agreement" means a written agreement between a registrant or
other person handling or moving bees, colonies or items of
bee equipment and the Department, in which the former agrees to
specified conditions or
requirements so as to remain in compliance with the terms of this Act.
"Department" means the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
"Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture or his or her authorized agent.
"Exotic strain of bees" means any developed strain of bees not known to be
present ordinarily in the State as specified by the Department.
"Hive" means a frame hive, box hive, box, barrel, log gum, skep or any
other receptacle or container, natural or artificial, or any part thereof,
which is used or employed as a domicile for bees.
"Inspection certificate" means an official record stating that the bees, colonies, or
items of bee equipment have been
inspected by an inspector of apiaries or other officer charged with similar
from this State or other states for bee diseases, bee parasites or other
nuisances and found to be in compliance with this Act or
Illinois entry requirements.
"Nuisance" means bees, colonies, or items of bee equipment where bee diseases, bee parasites or
exotic strains of bees
exist; or hives that cannot be readily inspected; or colonies that are not
"Packages" means bees with or without food supply in special containers for
"Permit" means a statement of authorization to allow bees, colonies, or
items of bee equipment to enter the State or to move within the State
or not an inspection certificate is available.
"Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, association,
corporation, or other organized group of persons whether incorporated or
"Registrant" means the person applying for registration of the apiary or apiaries
and the colonies of bees.
"Registration" means the recording of the registrant's name, address,
apiary location and any other pertinent information on a printed form
prescribed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88-138.)