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Riding establishment licences

Licence summary
You need to obtain a licence from us to run a riding establishment: a place where you hire out horses or ponies for riding or riding instruction.

Eligibility criteria
You must be over 18 years of age and had no disqualification from:

  • from keeping a riding establishment
  • from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • from having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • from keeping boarding establishments for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 from keeping or owning animals, being able to influence how you keep animals, dealing animals, transporting or being involved in the transporting of animals
  • from owning, keeping dealing or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

    Applicants must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

    Regulation summary
    Please click on the link to the Riding Establishments Act 1964 (chapter 70)

    Application evaluation process
    Before deciding an application, we 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.

    We will also take into account whether you are suitable and qualified to hold a licence and we must be satisfied that a number of conditions have being met.  Please refer to the Riding establishment conditions document for more details on this.

    How to apply
    You can download an application form from the ‘Downloads’ tab.   We review the cost of the licence annually in April.  If you think you need a licence and you would like further information or you would like to find out the cost of the licence, please contact us on (0113) 395 1603 before applying.

    You can also apply and pay for your licence online by clicking the appropriate Business Link as well as changing your existing licence.

    Will tacit consent apply? 
    No.  Before we can grant you a licence, it is in the public interest that the authority must process your application.  If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact us using the contact details on this page.