Applicants are advised to apply at least 10 weeks in advance of their intended operation date or expiry of their licence.
For holders of riding establishments licences please note that a licence cannot be renewed after it has expired, and therefore licences can not be backdated where the Council has been unable to determine an application. Licence holders may be subject to enforcement action if operating for a period without a licence, and are reminded that if they do not have a licence in force, this may affect their insurance policy.
To apply for a Riding Establishment licence, applicants must complete and submit an application form and relevant fee.
Additionally, the licence holder/proposed licence holder must produce a current insurance policy. The policy should insure against liability for any injury sustained by persons hiring a horse for riding, or those paying to use a horse for instruction and arising from the hire or use of the horse. The policy should also insure those 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.
Any certificates held by the person who has direct control of management of the establishment must be included, as set out in the application.
Vale of Glamorgan will arrange for an authorised veterinary surgeon/practitioner to undertake an inspection of your establishment and produce a written report which the Council will then use in the determination of your application.
Vale of Glamorgan Council may also arrange for an officer of the Fire and Rescue Service to inspect the premises.
In determining an application for a Riding Establishment Licence, Vale of Glamorgan Council will have regard to whether:
- Applicant is suitable and qualified either in qualifications or experience, or the applicants employs in the management of the establishment a person so qualified
- Horses are in good condition and maintained in good health and fitness
- Horses kept for the purpose of it being let out on hire for riding or kept for providing instruction in riding, are suitable for this purpose
- Horses feet are properly trimmed and that, if shod, their shoes are properly fitted and in good condition
- Suitable accommodation is available at all times, with regards to the construction, size, and number of occupants, lighting, ventilation, cleanliness, and drainage
- Horses will be adequately supplied with food, drink and bedding materials and will be regularly exercised, groomed, rested and visited at suitable intervals
- Horses kept at grass have adequate pasture, shelter and water and that supplementary feeds will be provided when required
- All reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent/control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases
- Veterinary first aid equipment and medicine are provided and maintained on the premises
- Appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the event of a fire or other emergency
- Adequate accommodation is provided for feed, bedding and stable equipment and saddlery
- Notice is displayed in a prominent position on the outside of the premises showing the name, address and telephone number of the licence holder or some other reasonable person, alongside instructions as to action to be taken in the event of fire and with regard evacuation of horses