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 2017 is initial £160 and renewal £125.
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.