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Riding establishment licence

Information on riding establishment license requirements and link to apply online

Licence summary

To run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction) in England, Scotland or Wales, you need a licence from the local authority.

Eligibility criteria: 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.

Regulation summary: A summary of the regulation relating to a riding establishment licence

Application evaluation process: Before deciding an application the local authority 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 local authority will also take into account whether the applicant is suitable and qualified to hold a licence. They must also be satisfied of the following:

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

Will tacit consent apply? 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 the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply online: Please use the links on the right

Failed application redress: Please contact your local authority 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 your local authority 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.

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, Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade Associations:

Fee

The fee for this application is £109.00 + veterinary inspection fees.

Enquiries

For any licensing enquiries please contact us using the details on the left. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays). We may be available at other times by prior appointment.

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Related documents

Size Name
[133kb] Riding Est application form Form to apply for a licence
[190kb] Riding Est guidance booklet Guidance for applicants and conditions for licence holders
[8kb] Payment of veterinary fees form Form of agreement to pay veterinary fees

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