Anyone letting out horses for hire, or providing riding tuition, is required to hold a riding establishment licence. Licences to keep a riding establishment are issued under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.
A Riding Establishment is "the carrying on of a business of keeping horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction". The council will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare of the animals and that the accommodation is suitable. The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee together with all of the veterinary costs incurred.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age. In England and Wales they must have not been disqualified:
Applicants must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.
In addition the following conditions are required by the Act, whether specified in the licence or not:
Guidance on conditions for riding establishment licences is issued by the British Veterinary Association
The licences last 12 months from the date of issue.
There is an application fee which must be paid at the time an application is made. The application fees normally changes annually so for this year's fee please view the fee information.
Veterinary and other costs reasonably incurred in considering any application will be invoiced after consideration of any application. When you receive your invoice the payment methods are detailed on the back of all invoices and reminders. The options include: pay online, by phone, by post or in person at Dudley Council Plus.
Please download and complete the appropriate Word or PDF version of the application form first from the options below. Once done, submit your completed application form and other relevant documentation.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LEGISLATION IS CHANGING - THESE FORMS WILL BE UPDATED BY THE END OF OCTOBER - if your query is urgent please call 0300 555 2345 and ask to speak to an animal welfare officer.
We aim to process your application as soon as possible. We will confirm for all electronic applications via email that we have received your application. Please contact us if you have any queries about the process us.
You cannot start trading until your application is processed by the Council and you have received a licence. 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 21 days, please contact us.
If you already hold a licence and it is due for renewal we will write to you informing you that the licence is due to be renewed asking you to complete a licence renewal form and submit payment.
The onus is however on the person running the business to ensure that they have a current licence.
The legislation does not require a public register to be kept of Riding Establishments. If you do not know if a Riding Establishment is licensed, please contact us.
We will investigate complaints of poor animal welfare or conditions in a commercial business within the Borough.
If you have a general concern about the welfare of an animal, and want to complain about a business in Dudley Borough, please can use the Animal Welfare Advice and Complaints form.
Alternatively you can report the matter directly to the RSPCA.
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.
If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application, please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.
If you would like further advice about the standards or practices within a local business please use the Animal Welfare Advice and Complaints form.
Environmental Safety and Health, People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
Telephone 0300 555 2345 Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, closed weekends and Bank Holidays