The City of Southport

Animal Protective Services & Code Enforcement

City of Southport Animal Protective Services and Code Enforcement is a combined position under the Administration Department and under direct supervision of the City Manager.

Contact Us

Kate Marshall
Animal Protective Services
Code Enforcement
Cell: (910) 477-1486
Office: (910) 457-7957

Animal Protective Services

    • The mission of Animal Protective Services is to promote an environment of responsible pet ownership by protecting the safety and welfare of Southport’s animals and citizens.
    • Animal Protective Services strives to provide quality service and education to all residents and visitors while ensuring the humane treatment of animals. We strive to foster an improved human-animal bond through progressive animal welfare initiatives, community outreach and humane education in a culture of compassion and integrity.

The Southport Animal Protective Services include:

  • Enforcing the City of Southport’s Animal Welfare Ordinance
  • Enforcing the State of North Carolina rabies laws
  • Investigating animal cruelty complaints
  • Investigating animal bites

Animal Protective Services can also provide education and classes to the public:

  • Dog Bite Prevention and Animal Safety Programs
  • Community Cat Programs
  • Responsible Pet Ownership Classes

Animal Protective Services provides information on Pet Safety:

  • Summer Safety for your pets
  • Golf cart safety
  • Hurricane checklists and disaster preparedness

Concerns/Questions/Complaints or to report Animal Cruelty:

Contact the Animal Protective Services Officer 910-477-1486

If you have an animal emergency or you need to report an injured animal, please call 911.
The appropriate authority will be contacted immediately.

Other animal related resources:

Wildlife questions/concerns please contact:

Wild bird questions/concerns please contact:
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Code Enforcement

  • The City of Southport believes the everyone should enjoy a safe and healthy environment to live in which enhances their quality of life.
  • Code Enforcement has the main responsibility of enforcing several divisions within the Southport General Code of Ordinances that promotes the general overall health and welfare of its residents, and to promote education for responsible citizenship.

Code Enforcement Officer can assist you with the following matters:

Chapter 9 – Health and Sanitation

  • Includes weed control/overgrown lots
  • Mosquito Control
  • Junk/nuisance vehicles
  • Chapter 15 – Solid Waste Violations
  • Bulk Items
  • Illegal dumping
  • All complaints must be made in writing so they may be investigated properly.
  • While many people think complaint can be handled with just one visit to the resident, please be aware that all complaints require due process, which may include registered mail and coordination with other departments.  These steps take time, so complaints may not be resolved quickly.

Health/Sanitation Division

The Southport Code of Ordinances addresses health and sanitation matters in chapter 9 of the city code. The Code Enforcement Officer has several programs that coincide with health and sanitation matters.

The Board of Alderman of the City of Southport has vested the code enforcement officer the authority to enforce this chapter. Health and Sanitation violations bring safety concerns to the community due to the inhabitation of mice, rats, snakes, or vermin of any kind which is dangerous to the public. The City wants everyone to have a safe environment to live in and to be free from unnecessary health and sanitation matters.

The Code Enforcement officer can assist you with the following matters pertaining to health and sanitation concerns:

  • Solid Waste Violations
  • Weed Control/Overgrown Lots
  • Abandon/Junked Motor Vehicles
  • Spring & Fall Clean-ups

Minimum Housing Code Division

The Minimum Housing code regulates housing standards in the City of Southport. The purpose of this code is to keep all structures up to code, which meets the minimum requirements for living conditions.

Deteriorated and dilapidated structures can either be brought up to code or demolished. Information or Inspections can be scheduled by contacting the Code Enforcement Officer.

Solid Waste Division

Section 15 of the Southport Code of Ordinances deals specifically with Solid Waste. The Code Enforcement Officer has enforcement rights of this code.

The City of Southport no longer picks up garbage or yard debris. A County wide contract is held with Waste Industries Inc. Any refuse placed in front of a residence will result in a citation with a fine. Arrangements must be made with Waste Industries Inc for special pickup of white goods, brown goods, or large amounts of yard debris.

Illegal dump sites in the City are being monitored by the Code Enforcement Officer and the Southport Police Department. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Any having any information in regards to illegal dumping or solid waste violations may call the code enforcement officer at (910) 477-1486 or 910-457-7935.

To arrange for special garbage pick up call:
Waste Industries Inc
1-(800) 814-4544