Riding establishments

To run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction) in East Dunbartonshire, you need a licence from the Council.

Before completing the Licence application you must contact the Council's Planning Department to find out if you need to obtain planning consent.  Full details of your proposal should be forwarded to:

Planning Service
Southbank House 
Strathkelvin Place
Kirkintilloch G66 1XQ 

Email:planning@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

In return you will either be sent a Planning Application Form or be advised that planning consent is not required. The approved planning consent, or the notification that planning consent is not required should be attached to your Licence application. 

Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants must be over 18 years of age. In England and Wales they must have not been disqualified:

  • from keeping a riding establishment
  • from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • from having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • from keeping boarding establishments for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 from keeping or owning animals, being able to influence how animals are kept, dealing animals or transporting or being involved in the transporting of animals
  • from owning, keeping dealing or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
  • In Scotland applicants must not have been disqualified:
  • from keeping a dog under the Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) Act 1933 or Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934
  • from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • from having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • from keeping an animal boarding establishment under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • from a disqualification under the Animal Health Act 1981 following a conviction for deliberately infecting an animal with a disease
  • from owing, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals, working with, using, riding or driving animals, providing animal services, taking possession of animals for any of these purposes or taking charge of animals for any other purposes under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Applicants must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence can be found at the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).

Application Evaluation Process

Before deciding an application the Council must consider a report from a veterinary surgeon or practitioner detailing whether the premises are suitable for a riding establishment and detailing the conditions of the premises and any horses.

The Council will also take into account whether the applicant is suitable and qualified to hold a licence. They must also be satisfied of the following:

  • that consideration will be given to the condition of the horses and that they will be maintained in good health, kept physically fit and where the horse is to be ridden or used during riding instruction, be suitable for that purpose
  • that the animals feet will be trimmed properly and that shoes are fitted properly and are in good condition
  • that there will be suitable accommodation for the horses
  • that for horses maintained on grass there is suitable pasture, shelter and water and that supplementary feed will be provided as and when needed
  • that horses will be provided with suitable food, drink and bedding materials and will be exercised, groomed, rested and visited at suitable intervals
  • that precautions will be taken to reduce the spread of contagious or infectious diseases and that veterinary first aid equipment and medicines will be provided and maintained
  • that appropriate procedures are in place to protect and remove the horses in the case of a fire and that as part of this the name, address and telephone number of the licence holder is displayed outside the premises and fire instructions are displayed
  • that storage facilities for forage, bedding, stable equipment and saddlery are provided

In addition to any other conditions a riding establishment licence must be subject to the following conditions:

  • that any horse inspected by an authorised officer and found to need veterinary attention will not be returned to work until the licence holder has obtained a veterinary certificate confirming the horse is fit for work
  • that a horse will not be let out for hire or for use in instruction without the supervision of a responsible person aged 16 years or older, unless the licence holder is satisfied the rider doesn't require supervision
  • that the business will not be left in the charge of someone under 16 years of age
  • that the licence holder holds indemnity insurance
  • that the licence holder keeps a register of all horses in their possession that are three years old or younger and that the register is available for inspection at all reasonable times

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Fees

The fees involved will include the animal welfare licensing fee (currently £104), plus the fee charged to the Council for using a government approved veterinary surgeon.

Apply for a Riding Establishment Licence

There are two ways of applying:

  • contact East Dunbartonshire Council through Customer Services
  • Application for a Riding Establishment Licence - apply online

 

Apply to change a Riding Establishment Licence

To change your riding establishment licence in East Dunbartonshire (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction), you need to apply to the Council.

Fees
The fees involved will include the animal welfare licensing fee (currently £104), plus the fee charged to the Council for using a government approved veterinary surgeon.

Before completing an application form you are advised to contact the Council's Planning Service by email for details of the fee for the required planning permission.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Apply to change a Riding Establishment Licence

 There are two ways of applying:

Redress

Failed Application Redress
Please contact the Council in the first instance.

An applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates' court. In Scotland, an applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local sheriff.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact the Council in the first instance.

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court. In Scotland licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to the local sheriff.

Other Redress
The Council's Environmental Health or Planning Services could investigate other complaints concerning this application.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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