Under the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 any business or person will require a licence if they wish to hire out horses.
This licence applies to businesses or individuals who are operating on a commercial basis.
The circumstances which our Licensing, Food and Safety Team must take into account when determining whether an activity is being carried out as part of a business include if the business/individual:
If you make at least £1000.00 in income you would be classed as a business. Anyone falling under this threshold would not need to be considered in the context of determining whether they are a business.
Activities that fulfil one or more of the following criteria are subject to licensing:
Download the Licence Conditions for Hiring Out Horses
See our licensing fees and charges
Download the application form
Please send your completed application to the Licensing, Food and Safety Team, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, CO3 3WG.
You must renew your licence each year if you wish to continue to hire out horses.
You can renew your licence by emailing email@example.com, or by calling our Licensing, Food and Safety Team on 01206 282520.
We aim to complete your application within 10 weeks of receiving it.
All premises will be inspected before a licence is granted the Officer will be looking to make sure the applicant has the at least the following.
The premises itself will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.
Please note: On all applications a veterinarian will be required to inspect the horse riding establishment. The fees for the vet and inspection report will be charged in addition to the processing and grant costs of your licence. You will be invoiced separately for this.
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us on 01206 282520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For suspensions, variation without consent or revocations in the first instance please contact the Licensing, Food and Safety Team on 01206 282520 or email email@example.com
If you are still not satisfied you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. There is a 28 day appeal period.