The Vermont Statutes Online
§ 3029. Movable comb frames required
(a) All hives shall be constructed with frames containing the honeycombs and brood combs which may be removed from the hive for purposes of inspection. Upon determination that any hive containing bees is not constructed with removable frames, the Secretary or his or her inspector may:
(1) order the owner to immediately transfer the bees to a hive with removable frames; or
(2) grant the owner an extension for a specific period of time after which the owner must transfer the bees to a hive with removable frames.
(b) The Secretary may, by rule, create a permit program to allow persons to operate hives without removable frames for exhibition purposes. The owner of such a hive will not be in violation of this section so long as he or she holds a valid permit and is in compliance with all applicable rules which the Secretary may adopt.
(c) Upon determination that an owner has violated the terms of this section or any rule adopted pursuant to this section, the Secretary may destroy the hive or hives. Any determination of a violation shall be appealable to the Secretary, who shall provide the owner a hearing within ten days of the determination of the violation, during which the order to destroy shall be stayed. (Added 1983, No. 83, § 1; amended 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2015, No. 23, § 77.)