Yes you need a Riding Establishment Licence if you have stables that hire out horses or ponies for riding or tuition.
Applicants, if individuals, must be over the age of 18 or be a company.
Applicants must not have been previously disqualified under the:
We may use the information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We also share this information for auditing purposes.
You must complete the riding establishments application form and send this with the correct payment to the Licensing Team.
You may need the following which you must obtain before you begin your licensed activities. This list gives a general guide and is not a complete list...
Check if you need planning permission before you make a licence application by emailing email@example.com. Any change in the use of a property will require planning permission.
If you already have planning permission for the same use, you should check that your licence application does not break any condition attached to the planning permission. If your licence is granted, Planning Enforcement action will be taken against you if you do not have the right planning permission in place.
You must produce a current insurance policy. The policy should insure against:
The Licensing Team will arrange for a Veterinary Surgeon to inspect your establishment and they must produce a written report which we will then use to consider your application.
An enhanced Disclose and Barring Service check is required every year for each employee or volunteer working with children and young people.
For more information, visit the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
You can apply at any time during that period. You can also apply for a Licence to be granted for the following calendar year
You must complete the riding establishments application form and send this with the correct payment for either a Riding Establishment Licence for 10 and under (number of horses) or a Riding Establishment Licence for over 10 (number of horses).
We take into account:
On certain occasions a vet may recommend that a licence is not issued, If, after consideration, we agree and decide that a licence should not be issued, you have the right of appeal to the Magistrate’s Court against that decision.
You should ensure they:
A record must be kept which contains all horses in your possession aged three years and under.
Records must be available for inspection by one of our officers or by a veterinary surgeon.
A wide range of different organisations respond to calls from members of the public about different animal welfare problems and it can be very confusing to know who to report different problems to. This includes the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, but also includes social landlords and council teams whose primary responsibilities are not animal issues (e.g. social services).
Different bodies have different responsibilities and some have statutory powers to be able to take action. To ensure the best course of action is taken for an individual animal it is important that the right agency is contacted in the first instance.
The aim of this document is to provide an easy to understand guide of who to report different problems to so as to ensure the animal welfare issue is addressed as quickly as possible. It is hoped this document will be useful to not only members of the public but also those who deal with animal issues on a daily basis.
For further information see Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare in our download section.
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