Our Regulatory Services team is responsible for enforcing the wide range of legislation in the UK designed to protect the health and welfare of both domesticated and wild animals.

Animal health and welfare legislation is enforced jointly by local authorities and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in association with other government bodies and independent organisations, like the RSPCA.

The environmental health business support team licenses and inspects:

  • Animal boarding establishments – home and commercial
  • Animal exhibits/performances
  • Dog breeding establishments
  • Exotic, dangerous or wild animals
  • Horse riding establishments
  • Pet shops
  • Zoos

We also investigate:

Avian influenza (bird flu)

For the latest information on Avian flu please visit the Defra website.

Advice on wild birds

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that the risk to the public is very low. However, people are advised not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that they find.

Defra have an online reporting facility available. Report dead wild birds via the Defra website or call 03459 33 5577

DEFRA now provide an interactive map of reported wild bird mortality and findings of avian influenza virus (bird flu) in wild birds and wild mammals.

  • interactive map of reported wild bird mortality and findings of avian influenza virus (bird flu) in wild birds and wild mammals
  • interactive data dashboard of findings of avian influenza virus in wild birds

Advice on kept and domestic birds

If you keep poultry, even as pets in your garden, you should keep a close watch on them for signs of disease and make sure you have good biosecurity measure in place to prevent contact with wild birds.

Speak to your vet if you have any concerns about the health of your birds. It’s a good idea to register your poultry, even if only kept as pets, so DEFRA can contact you during an outbreak and keep you updated with the latest advice.

More information and advice is available on the government website.

Horse microchipping legislation

A law requiring horse owners to microchip their animals has been introduced to prevent abuse and improve welfare.

The Equine Identification Regulations make it mandatory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys. If you own horses, you must now ensure that your animals are microchipped.

The legislation allows local authorities and police to track down the owners of dumped horses, and for the animals to be cared for. It will also mean that lost or stolen horses will be reunited with their owners more easily.

Paying a fee

All payments should be made to Portsmouth City Council. You may contact us to pay on 023 9284 1622 – please quote the associated code.

Type of ApplicationFeeCode
Animal boarding establishments - home£175.00PPR05
Animal boarding establishments - commercial£175.00PPR06
Animal exhibits/ performances£175.00PPR05
Dog breeding establishments£175.00PPR07
Exotic, dangerous or wild animals 'DWA'£210.00*PPR12
Horse riding establishments£245.00*PPR04
Pet shops£175.00PPR03
Zoo£280.00*PPR13
*Plus Vet inspection feesVariesN/A

Fees are reviewed annually in line with the Government guidance for setting licence fees, ensuring they cover the costs of operating the licensing function. Changes are subject to approval by the Cabinet and the General Licensing Committee.

Further information