Riding establishment licence
If you run a riding establishment you will need to apply for a licence from us. These are renewed annually.
More information on the licence
You can find more information on a riding establishment licence on the Gov.uk website.
How to apply for a licence
To apply for a licence from us:
- Read the conditions as shown below
- Download and complete the application form to apply for a new licence, or to renew an old one
- Enclose the relevant fee as shown in our fees and charges document - include a cheque made out to Allerdale Borough Council
- Send to the Food and Occupational Health team at our offices in Workington
General Licence Conditions
1. The number of horses accommodated at the establishment at any one time must not exceed .........
2. Horses must be maintained in good health and in all respects be physically fit. Horses kept for hire for riding or riding instruction must be suitable for this purpose.
3. The following horses must not be hired out for riding, or used in return for payment for instruction or in demonstrating riding:-
(i) any horse aged three years or under;
(ii) any mare heavy with foal;
(iii) any mare within three months of foaling.
4. Any riding equipment supplied for a horse let out on hire must be free from visible defect which is likely to cause suffering to the horse or accident to the rider.
5. The feet of all animals must be properly trimmed and, if shod, their shoes must be properly fitted and in good condition.
6. A horse found on inspection of the premises by an authorised officer to be in need of veterinary attention must not be returned to work until the licensee has provided Allerdale Borough Council with a veterinary certificate that the horse is fit for work.
7. No horse may be let out on hire for riding or used for providing instruction in riding without supervision by a responsible person aged 16 years or over unless in the case of a horse let out on hire for riding the licensee is satisfied that the hirer of the horse is competent to ride without supervision. The responsible persons must be named in the licence application.
8. Horses maintained at grass must have available adequate pasture, shelter and water. Supplementary feeds must be provided as and when required.
9. Horses must be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material. All horses must be adequately exercised, groomed, rested and visited at suitable intervals.
10. All reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases. Veterinary first aid equipment and medicines must be provided and maintained in the premises.
11. The construction of the riding establishment must be substantial, adequate to contain the animals, and provided with warmth and shelter in clean and hygienic conditions. There must be convenient and safe access to stalls and boxes. Stalls must be large enough to allow the animal to lie down and get up without risk of injury. Boxes must be large enough to allow the animal to turn round.
12. Yards must provide enough space for every animal kept there.
13. Lighting must be sufficient so that artificial illumination is not necessary in daylight.
14. Ventilation must provide fresh air without draughts.
15. Drainage must be adequate to carry away liquid waste and keep the standings dry.
16. There must be provision for storage and disposal of manure and spoiled straw.
17. Adequate accommodation must be provided for forage, bedding, stable equipment and saddlery.
18. The licensee must ensure that suitable arrangements exist for the protection and evacuation of horses in case of fire. The name, address and telephone number of the licensee or other responsible person must be displayed in a prominent position on the outside of the premises. Written instructions for action to be taken in the event of fire, particularly for evacuation of horses, must be displayed in a prominent position on the outside of the premises.
19. No person under 16 years of age must be left in charge of the business at any time.
20. The licensee must hold a current insurance policy providing a minimum insurance cover of £2,000,000 or such other amount considered appropriate by the Director of Community Services. This must insure him against liability for any injury sustained by those who hire a horse from him for riding and those who use a horse in the course of receiving from him, in return for payment, instruction in riding and arising out of the hire or use of a horse as aforesaid and which also insures such persons in respect of any liability which may be incurred by them in respect of injury to any person caused by, or arising out of, the hire or use of a horse as aforesaid.
21. A register must be kept by the licensee of all horses aged three years and under which are usually kept on the premises. This must be available for inspection by an authorised officer at all reasonable times.
22. At all times the management of the riding establishment must be by a qualified person. This is either by experience in the management of horses or by being the holder of an approved certificate, or by employing a person who is qualified to be the holder of such a licence.