Riding establishment licence

These licences are required under the Riding Establishments Act 1964.

Anyone keeping a riding establishment requires a licence that is issued by their local Council. The definition of a riding establishment is 'a business of keeping horses for either riding or hire, the instruction/guidance of a qualified instructor for the return of payment.'

Veterinary surgeons, police forces and zoos do not require this licence. Licences are issued subject to conditions covering the welfare of the horses.

There is a fee for the annual licence which is issued following a satisfactory inspection by a veterinary surgeon.

We expect all licensed riding establishments to comply with health and safety regulations and health and safety in horse riding establishments guidelines.

New applications

You can apply for this licence by completing the online application form or by completing the application form attached and returning it to us in the post.

For new applications, you must provide the following along with the application form and fee.

  • Employer Liability Insurance certificate
  • Public Liability Insurance Certificate
  • Proof of Qualifications/Certificates if applicable
  • Plan of Establishment

In addition, in order to determine your application, an inspection report from a veterinary surgeon is required. The inspection must be arranged with:

Scarsdale Farm and Equine Veterinary Practice, Markeaton Lane, Derby, DE22 4NH

01332 294929 farmandequine@scarsdalevets.com

Please advise the veterinary surgeon that the inspection is in relation to a riding establishment licence.  Payment for the inspection must be paid direct to the veterinary practice.  Once the inspection has been completed, please forward the report to the Licensing Department at the address below. The application will only be determined once a satisfactory veterinary report has been received. 

Renewals

For renewals, you will be sent a reminder letter two months before the expiry of your licence. You must submit your application and fee with the current public liability insurance.

Also, an inspection report from a veterinary surgeon is required. The inspection must be arranged with:

Scarsdale Farm and Equine Veterinary Practice, Markeaton Lane, Derby, DE22 4NH

01332 294929 farmandequine@scarsdalevets.com

Please advise the veterinary surgeon that the inspection is in relation to the renewal of a riding establishment licence. Payment for the inspection must be paid direct to the veterinary practice. Once the inspection has been completed, please forward the report to the Licensing Department at the address below. The application will only be determined once a satisfactory veterinary report has been received. The inspection report must be received before the expiry of the current licence. 

Tacit consent does not apply to either grant or renewal of a riding establishment licence.

There is a right of appeal of any decision within 21 days of the receipt of the decision notification.