Application of the Regulations for the Welfare and Protection of Animals

Approved in February 2020, the Regulation is aimed at all citizens of Milan. Some articles are directed in particular at individual citizens and/or traders, others at companies and professionals working in construction, and at condominium administrators. On this page we provide a guide to the most relevant contents and the main news. The full text is available for reading and downloading.

To guide readers in reading the Regulations, we highlight some articles below, divided by potential interest groups.

Individual citizens (and traders)

  • Registration of animals in the Regional Registry - art. 6
  • requirements to protect the welfare of animals kept in homes and commercial establishments - articles 7-13
  • access and management of animals in public places and open to the public, green areas, public transport, socio-health facilities, collection of excrement - articles 16-21
  • amateur keeping of certain animal species, permitted or prohibited - articles 23, 24
  • events with animals - art. 28
  • feline colonies, kennels and catteries of the Municipality - articles 29, 36, 37
  • interactions with wildlife in the city - articles 31, 32

Traders (and individual citizens)

  • Registration of animals in the Regional Registry - art. 6
  • requirements to protect the welfare of animals kept in homes and commercial establishments - articles 7-13
  • access of animals in places open to the public - art. 16
  • sale, shelter and grooming of pets - art. 26
  • sale of animals outdoors - art. 27
  • methods of management and killing of live crustaceans intended for human consumption - art. 33

Companies and professionals working in construction, condominium administrators, individual citizens

  • use of bird deterrents - art. 31
  • management of greenery in relation to the reproductive periods of fauna - art. 31
  • building interventions in relation to the nesting of swallows and house martins - art. 31
  • management of glass or reflective surfaces and the risk of impact on avifauna - art. 31
  • building interventions in the presence of swifts' nests - art. 32

For a pleasant coexistence between dogs and people, the crucial word is "education", in particular on the part of the owners, so that:

  • understand their dog's behavior and prevent unwanted behavior in urban and extra-city environments,
  • are aware of their civil and criminal responsibilities.

With this objective, the ATS Milan Metropolitan City (hereinafter ATS Milan) and the Municipality of Milan, thanks also to the previous experience of the "special dog license" webinar courses of the Municipality of Milan, have organized a "License" course in FAD (distance learning), which provides a free training course which is mandatory for:

  1. the citizens of ATS Ml, owners of dogs who were responsible for serious injuries to people or animals, with consequent formalization by ATS Milano of the ordinance foreseen pursuant to the Ddg 14 October 2010 - n. 10401 of the Lombardy Region;
  2. citizens of the Municipality of Milan who own dogs belonging to the breeds referred to in the art. 8 paragraph 2 of the "Regulations for the welfare and protection of animals of the Municipality of Milan" which must necessarily obtain the required "Special dog licence".

The training event, only at a later time which will be appropriately publicised, can also be used on a voluntary basis for people who already own a dog or intend to buy one or take it into foster care, in order to acquire greater knowledge for better management of theirs. animals and encourage the correct development of the relationship between the dog and its owner.

The Regulation provides for some exceptions to important provisions concerning access to places open to the public, the detention and sale of animals.

For more information and to find out how to request exemptions, consult the link in the section Use the services present on this page.

Many buildings have large reflective glass surfaces, which can reflect images of clouds, sky, trees etc. The glass is not perceived by the birds as a barrier to avoid and collision with it generally leads to their death. More than half of the impacts occur in the area between the ground floor and the third floor. The same problem is created with transparent barriers, often at the edges of roads and motorways.

To reduce the probability of collision, the Regulation obliges owners and administrators of buildings equipped with this type of surface to adopt preventive solutions and encourages builders and architects to intervene right from the design phase. It also invites citizens to monitor the phenomenon and report it to the authorities (art. 31, paragraph 13).

What remedy?
Generally speaking, it involves interrupting the continuity of the large reflecting surface, dividing it into smaller surfaces that are perceived by birds as a barrier. It is sufficient to use adhesive strips or figures, which can also be aesthetically pleasing.

For documentation, we suggest the document Building with glass and light respecting the birds, produced by the Swiss Ornithological Station, 2016.

For more information

To send reports

Built inside cavities, cracks, niches, post holes, tiles and shutter boxes, the swifts' nests are reused over the years.

Nest cavities are therefore a resource to be protected even outside the breeding season. This is why, in the case of interventions which for design reasons must occlude cracks hosting swiftlet nests, it will be necessary to proceed as compensation by placing as many artificial nests.

How to do?
Le Guidelines for the protection of swifts in the context of building interventions, developed by Progetto Natura Onlus as part of the SOS Swifts project, indicate the procedures to be followed for the protection of nests in the event of building interventions and provide an initial detailed list of the buildings where they nest the most important colonies. A more detailed list, with the placement of buildings, is available on a google map.

The Animal Guarantor will be able to provide advice, making use of the support of experts.

Note that swifts and their eggs are protected by law.

Normative References

  • 157 / 92 law
  • Regulations for the Welfare and Protection of Animals - art. 32

The European Food Safety Authority – EFSA – confirms that decapod crustaceans are capable of feeling pain and stress.

In compliance with this premise, the Regulation provides the main measures to be adopted in the management cycle of live crustaceans intended for human consumption: lobsters, lobsters, spider crabs, spider crabs.

Food container
Live lobsters, lobsters, spider crabs and spider spiders for food, at the various stages of trade, can be stored in isothermal containers at low temperatures or in aquariums with the characteristics defined in the Regulation.

The sale of live crustaceans is only permitted in the wholesale trade. In retail, shellfish must be killed by the seller before delivery to the consumer. Shellfish must however be killed before cooking.

Human nutrition
Crustaceans intended for human consumption must be killed in the following ways:

  • electric shock with equipment validated for this purpose
  • alternatively, mechanical destruction of the cerebral ganglion, performed on the anesthetized subject by cooling. See the document of the National Reference Center for Animal Welfare on page 3
  • in the case of crustaceans kept in isothermal containers, it is also possible to kill them by rapid cooling in air (blast chiller).

Normative References

Regulations for the Welfare and Protection of Animals - art. 33


Updated: 20/05/2024