Our pages in respect of pet shops, the breeding of dogs, cat and dog boarding establishments, and riding establishments detail relevant conditions currently in force, however we are aware that changes are planned. It is anticipated that parliament will formally make The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, later this year and that they will come into force in October 2018. Anyone operating an animal establishment, or planning to open such a business is strongly recommended to research proposed changes which may impact on their business. We will update our pages to offer links and guidance and updated conditions once published.
Any person undertaking a business to keep horses for the purpose of hire for riding or paid riding lessons requires a licence.
An inspection by a veterinary surgeon ensures that all the horses used for instruction or riding are fit and healthy. All equipment used (tack) must be compliant to British Standards and fit for purpose. Health and safety matters at the stables are also of a high priority to safeguard staff and customers.
Making an application
You can apply online, renew a licence and pay via GOV.UK.
The licence fees for 2018 is initial £165 and renewal £130 plus vet fees.
Once the application is received, it will be processed and a vet and an officer from the council will visit to inspect the establishment. If it is found to be satisfactory a licence will be granted.
For further advice or to check if you require a licence, please contact us.