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.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age. In England and Wales they must have not been disqualified:
Riding Establishments Act 1964 & 1970
A riding establishment licence must be subject to the following conditions:
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:
Please see our licensing fees page.
Apply for a licence to operate a riding establishment
Application to change a riding establishment licence
Riding Establishment Application Form
Evidence of Public Liability Insurance needs to be submitted with your application.
We will endeavour to process your application within 20 working days. If acknowledgement of receipt of your application has not been received within this time, please contact us.
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.
Please contact us in the first instance for details of how to appeal.
You must notify us in writing of any changes to your current licence.
If you have a complaint or concern about a Riding Establishment Licence, please contact us.
If you are in the UK, advice is available from Consumer Direct
If you are outside the UK, advice if available from the UK European Consumer Centre
No, as this register is not available for public inspection.
Should you experience any difficulty in applying on-line, please contact us