Riding establishment licences
Licences are issued in accordance with the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.
Applying for a licence
- Download an application form for a riding establishment licence
- Apply online for a riding establishment licence
A riding establishment is "the carrying on of a business of keeping horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction"
Licences expire on the anniversary of issue.
A fee of £306.90 is payable with each application with effect from 1st January 2014.
The premises must meet adequate animal health and welfare standards.
- If an authorised officer inspects the premises and finds a horse to be in need of veterinary attention, the horse shall not be returned to work until the licence holder has obtained at his or her own expense, and has lodged with the local authority, a veterinary certificate that the horse is fit for work.
- No horse will be hired out for riding, or used for providing instruction in riding, without supervision by a responsible person of age 16 years or older unless - in the case of a horse hired out for riding - the licence holder is satisfied that the hirer of the horse is competent to ride without supervision.
- The business operations of a riding establishment shall at no time be left in the charge of any person under 16 years old.
- The licence holder shall hold a current insurance policy which insures him or her against liability for any injury sustained by persons who hire a horse for riding; by persons who pay to use a horse to receive riding instructions; or arising from the hire or use of a horse as stated above and which also insures such persons in respect of any liability which may be incurred by them, in respect of injury to any person caused by, or arising from, the hire or use of a horse as stated above
- A register shall be kept by the licence holder of all horses in his possession - aged three years and under and usually kept on the premises - which shall be available for inspection by an authorised officer at all reasonable times. (Section 1(4a)).
Guidance on conditions for riding establishment licences is issued by the British Vetinary Association www.bva.co.uk
Your right of appeal
You can appeal a licence refusal or any conditions to which a licence is subject through a Magistrates' Court.