Riding establishments

 

Licence Summary

If you run a horse riding establishment in Fife, or are thinking about starting one, you need a licence from Fife Council.

You can apply for a riding establishment licence by completing the form available from the publications section or by using the online form to the right on this page.

We will grant a licence subject to the following:

  • Receipt of a completed application form
  • Receipt of the appropriate fee (see attached publication for current fees)
  • Completion of a satisfactory inspection of the premises by ourselves

The licence will last for 12 months.

Further information is available in the Riding Establishments – Licence conditions document which is available from the publications section on this page or contact us on the number below.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be over 18 years of age and 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 the licence fee and comply with any licence conditions.

Apply Online

You can apply online using the "do-it-online" link at the right of this page, or you can print out and complete an application form from the publication section below.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

Information on our Licence charges can be found in the publication section on this page.

If you choose to pay for your application using a credit card, an additional fee of 1.25% will be payable.  If you use a debit card, no additional fee will apply.   Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

 

Before deciding on an application we must consider a report from a specialist vet noting whether the premises are suitable for a riding establishment and detailing the conditions of the premises and any horses.

We will also take into account whether the applicant is suitable and qualified to hold a licence. We 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 with suitable food, drink and bedding materials and will be exercised, groomed, rested and visited regularly
  • 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 which we may add in association with the vet, a riding establishment licence will 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, the business cannot operate before the licence is approved. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online or use the contact details below.

Failed Application Redress

If your licence is not approved please contact us in the first instance within 21 days of the date of the decision to refuse the application, you may require the Council to give written reasons for its decision.

You may appeal to the Sheriff against the decision within 28 days of the decision, provided you have already followed all available procedures in stating your case to the Council.

Any appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the Council, in making its decision:

  • erred in law
  • based its decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised its discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may appeal again on a point of law from the Sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the Sheriff's decision.

Licenceholder Redress

If you are unhappy with the conditions of your licence please contact us in the first instance within 21 days of the date of the decision to refuse the application, you may require the Council to give written reasons for its decision.

You may appeal to the Sheriff against the decision within 28 days of the decision, provided you have already followed all available procedures in stating your case to the Council.

Any appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the Council, in making its decision:

  • erred in law
  • based its decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised its discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may appeal again on a point of law from the Sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the Sheriff's decision.

Consumer Complaint

If anyone wishes to complain about a licensed business normally the first contact is made by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice.

From outside the UK contact the UKEuropeanConsumer.          

Trade Associations

Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)

British Dressage

British Equestrian Federation (BEF)

British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA)

 


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