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Riding establishment

Licence Summary

No Person shall run a Riding Establishment without first obtaining a licence from the Local Authority.  A Riding Establishment is defined as an establishment "carrying on a business of keeping horses or ponies to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction". Such applications are dealt with under the provisions of the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age, and must not be disqualified from a range of animal related legislation. Before applying for your licence please refer to the disqualification list on the document link opposite.

The Application Process

All applications must be submitted on the prescribed application form together with the fee of £180 plus vet fees.  

The applicant will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by the Council's authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

On receipt of the completed application form and payment of the fee,  the Council will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by an Environmental Health Officer and a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare of the animals and that the accommodation is suitable, the document link opposite explains what aspects of your stables and horse care will be inspected.

The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and will expire on the 31 July each year. Application for renewal must be done before this date, however we will send you a reminder.

Legislation allows the licensing authority to grant a provisional licence of three months duration if they are not satisfied that they would be justified in granting an annual licence.
If you wish to make any changes to the premises licensed or details of the licence holder change please contact us for further advice.

It is in the public interest that the Licensing Authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the authority within ten working days of the application being deposited please email Environmental Health for a progress report.

This service has been identified as a formality within the scope of the European Services Directive and consequently there is a facility to submit your application and pay the relevant fee electronically. To carry out this task please download the Microsoft word document, complete offline. Once completed resubmit via the file upload facility within the online form. Please follow the instructions carefully as you may be required to register to use our online services.

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