A licence is required, under the Riding Establishments Acts
1964 and 1970, for premises that are used for the provision of a
business of keeping horses to let them out on hire for riding or
for use in providing instruction in riding for payment or
It is an offence to operate an horse riding establishment,
without a valid licence, or, in non-compliance with conditions
attached to any licence issued.
Applications for licences can take two months to process
because of consultations that may have to take place with emergency
services, enforcement authorities and veterinary surgeon. If
continuity of the licensed renewal status is to be maintained,
therefore, applications need to be made at least two months before
the expiry of any existing licence.
Licences normally last 12 months from the date of issue,
unless previously revoked. Applications should be made
at least one calendar month before the date of expiry of an
existing licence to qualify for the lower cost of renewing that
Premises will always be inspected by a veterinary surgeon
before a licence is issued and inspections to assess compliance
with licence conditions may be made at any time thereafter - not
just at the time of application for renewal.
If you are thinking of setting up a business involving a
riding establishment, you should discuss your proposals with one of
our licensing officers (see contact details below), before
incurring any expenditure.
Erection of additional facilities, or, changing the use of
existing premises may require prior approval under Town and Country
Planning Acts and/or Building Regulations.
Application forms and further information, including licence
fees and conditions that may be applied to riding establishment
licences are provided in the links below.
If you require further information regarding riding
establishment licences or wish to make an application please use
the links above.
If you wish to make any enquiries regarding riding establishment
licensing, or, to make a complaint regarding a licensed premises
you may contact us on-line using the Environmental Health (Commercial) Services Enquiry
Alternatively you could contact us using the details below.
There are no charges for making enquiries or complaints
regarding horse riding establishments.
Licence fees are included in the links above to "application
forms and details of licence fees".
Standard conditions that are normally attached to
riding establishment licences:
[Note: following inspection of the
facilities, licences may be issued subject to site specific
conditions, additional to those detailed in the links
Application forms and details of licence
[Note: application forms need to be
downloaded for completion and signing prior to returning these to
the address given with the appropriate licence
Horse Riding Establishments Register:
Riding Establishment Licences
Telephone: (01902) 696665
Fax: (01902) 696222