Port health

Poole is reputed to be the largest natural harbour in Europe and is second only to Sydney in the world. The harbour has 5 smaller islands, including Brownsea Island, and much of the harbour has Site of Special Scientific Interest status.

Poole is a working commercial port but also has over 6,000 registered leisure craft, as well as a public yacht haven with berths for 100 visiting craft.

Ship sanitation certificates

We work alongside Poole Harbour Commissioners to ensure that the harbour is well maintained and that all visiting merchant vessels carry certificates to prove they are free from vermin and other sources of infection.

These certificates are known as Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates/Ship Sanitation Control Certificates. Please contact us on 01202 123123 or email environment@poole.gov.uk for further information.

There are nationally agreed charges for the granting of Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates and Ship Sanitation Control Certificates: 

Current charges

From 1 April 2019:

  • ships up to 1,000 gross tonnage £95
  • ships from 1,001 to 3,000 gross tonnage £130
  • ships from 3,001 to 10,000 gross tonnage £200
  • ships from 10,001 to 20,000 gross tonnage £255
  • ships from 20,001 to 30,000 gross tonnage £330
  • ships over 30,000 gross tonnage £390

With the exception of:

  • vessels with the capacity to carry 50 to 1,000 persons £390
  • vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1,000 persons £665
  • extensions £65
  • grain certificate £45

Extra charges may be added for exceptional costs such as:

  • out of hours visits
  • launch hire, and
  • samples taken

Further costs will be applicable where evidence of vermin or other sources of infection are found, which require treatment or further investigation.

Other port services

Page last updated: 19 April 2021
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