Licence for Hiring out Horses (including Riding Establishments)

  • The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

    A licence is required for a business of keeping horses to let them out on hire for riding, or for use in providing instruction in riding for payment, or both. Premises where the horses are kept for miltary or police purposes, or a university providing a veterinary course, are exempt.

    Establishment proprietors must have a current certificate of public liability insurance.

    Each premises will be risk rated at inspection and will be given a star rating from 1 to 5, which will also determine whether the premises is granted a licence for 1, 2 or 3 years. An explanation of the star rating procedure can be viewed by clicking on the document at the side of this page. Note that a veterinary inspection is required annually, whatever the duration of the licence.

  • Applying

    Before filling in the application form, please download the Horse List on the right hand side of the page and complete both tables. You will need to fill in the horse's name (on both pages), the age, height, gender, colour, breed, what the horse is used for, plus the microchip and Universal Equine Life Number. You will be asked to upload the Horse List while completing your form.

    Complete the online form (see link at the side of the page - you can register with our website or use the "Guest" button, which does not require you to sign in).

    Please note that an application for a licence renewal must be received more than 10 weeks before the current licence expires. Failure to do so may result in the licence not being renewed in time and, thus a period where the business can not operate.

    Please contact us on 01962 848097 (or email eh@winchester.gov.uk) if you have any queries.

  • Conditions

    The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1st October 2018, although current licences issued under previous legislation will remain in place until their expiry date. There is detailed guidance at this link and it is important that you read this before applying. Please read the guidance for the appropriate activity but also the procedural guidance.

  • Fees 

    The Council's fees for Hiring out Horses for 2018/19 (as revised in accordance with the Regulations) are:

    • Up to 5 Horses £240.00
    • 6 to 10 Horses £265.00
    • 11 to 20 horses £293.00
    • 21 horses and over £340

    The licence fee will be the Council's fees above plus the fees for the veterinary inspector and you will be invoiced following the inspection so do not try to pay at the time that you are making your application.

    Once your licence has been granted, you will still require an annual veterinary inspection and we will contact you to arrange this. You are still responsible for paying all veterinary fees but no application fee.

    Note that, should the licensee apply for a reinspection, this must be done in writing, setting out the work that has been completed and the reasons for the reinspection. The full fee is payable for a reinspection.

 

  • Inspections

    Inspections are carried out by a veterinary surgeon or practitioner, who is on a register approved by the RCVS and is specifically trained in riding establishment licensing.

    There will normally only be one inspection for each licence granted but further inspections may be made to check that licence conditions have been complied with, if a complaint is received about the premises, or if there is any concern about the condition of the premises, or the welfare of an animal at the premises.

    Unlicensed premises may also be inspected in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

    Please contact us on 01962 848097 (or email eh@winchester.gov.uk) if you have any queries.

  • Refusal, Revocation, Suspension or Variation of a Licence

    A licence will be refused;

    • If the applicant is under 18.
    • If the applicant has been disqualified from holding an animal licence or keeping an animal, or has had a licence revoked under scetion 15 of the Regulations.
    • If conditions of the licence are not met.

    The applicant may appeal to a First tier Tribunal if the Council refuses to grant or renew a licence

    A licence may be varied, suspended or revoked by the Council for the following reasons;

    • the licence conditions are not being complied with
    • there has been a breach of the Regulations
    • the information supplied by the licensee is false or misleading, or
    • it is necessary to protect the welfare of an animal.

    The licensee may appeal to a First tier Tribunal if the Council has varied, suspended or revoked a licence.

    However, a licence may be varied by mutual consent of the Council and licensee.