You can apply and pay for a licence online via GOV.UK, payment can be made by debit or credit card. The appropriate fee must be paid before the licence is granted. For current licence prices, see: Licence fees .
Before applying for a Riding Establishment Licence you need to check whether your premises have the necessary planning permissions to operate the business. Further advice and guidance can be sought from Planning Services e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Will tacit authorisation apply?
What happens next
On receipt of an application, whether it is a new application or a renewal, an Officer from the Local Authority will contact you within 10 working days and make an appointment to inspect your premises. The officer will determine the suitability of the premises and also the suitability of the owner in accordance with the conditions.
A licence will not be issued until the officers are satisfied that the conditions are met. In determining whether to grant a licence or not the Local Authority will consider the issues listed under the conditions but these are without prejudice to our discretion to refuse a licence on any other grounds.
Guidance on conditions for riding establishment licences is issued by the: British Veterinary Association .
Licences to keep a riding establishment are issued under the: Riding Establishments Act 1964 .
Under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970, anyone that carries on the business of keeping horses for either or both of the following purposes, that is to say, the purpose of their being let out on hire for riding or the purpose of their being used in providing, in return for payment, instruction in riding requires a licence.
But as not including a reference to the carrying on of such a business:
- in a case where the premises where the horses employed for the purposes of the business are kept are occupied by or under the management of the Secretary of Defence or
- solely for Police purposes or
- by the Zoological Society of London or
- by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (Sec. 6(1)).
- Horses kept by a university providing veterinary courses are also exempt and the place at which a riding establishment is run is to be taken as the place at which the horses are kept (Section 6 (2) and (3)).