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Riding establishment licences

Do you need a licence to provide horses for hire, how to apply and pay for a riding establishment licence, who else do you need to contact, how to renew your licence, riding schools which are licensed and who regulates riding schools. 

Do I need a licence to provide horses for hire?

A riding establishment offers horses for riding lessons, trekking or pony/donkey rides. If you want to provide any of these activities you will require a riding establishment licence. A licence is issued for a period of 12 months from the date of the grant of the licence.

It is an offence under the Riding Establishment Act 1964/1970 to provide riding lessons, trekking or pony/donkey rides without the appropriate licence. The maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding £500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both.

Guidance has been issued by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) on Riding Establishment licensing.

RCVS Guidance (word 93kb opens in new window)

How do I apply for a riding establishment licence?

If you require further advice on applying for a riding establishment licence, we offer a pre-application advice service, the fee for this service is £60 plus VAT. 

To book an appointment for pre-application service please email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk.

To apply for a riding establishment licence you must be over the age of 18. You can apply using the below form. On the confirmation email you receive back following completion of the below online form, there is a link within the email to enable you to pay the relevant vets fee.

New riding establishment licence application (word 364kb opens in new window)

Fees

The licence fee is £220 this does not include the vet's inspection fee which will need to be paid separately to East Riding of Yorkshire Council at the time your application is made

The vets fees are set out as follows:

  • 1-5 horses £230.51
  • 6-10 horses £257.96
  • 11-20 horses £363.18
  • 21-30 horses £468.41
  • 31-40 horses £573.63
  • 41-50 horses £678.86
  • 51-60 horses £784.08.

Tacit Consent

We will aim to have your application determined within 28 days of the receipt of a valid and complete application. However if we have been unable to determine your application in this time a licence will not be automatically granted due to public safety and animal welfare implications and therefore tacit consent does not apply. This means you must wait for the council to determine the application before any riding activities can take place.

Inspection of establishment

When the licensing team have received your application an officer will contact you to arrange an inspection at your and carry out an inspection. You are required to meet the standard set out in the licence conditions below.

Riding Establishment Licence Conditions (pdf 43kb opens in new window)

A applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates court.

Who else may I need to contact?

If you are applying for a riding establishment licence you may also need to contact the planning section.

How do I renew my riding establishment licence?

It must be renewed 6 weeks before your existing licence expires, to allow for a full vets' inspection to have taken place and the vets report considered prior to the licence renewal.

Renew your licence

You can now apply to renew your licence on line using a simplified electronic form and electronic payment system. The current fee to renew your riding establishment licence is £200.

On the confirmation email you receive back following completion of the below online form, there is a link within the email to enable you to pay the relevant vets fee.

Apply online to renew riding establishment

If you cannot apply on line please contact the licensing team for advice by email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk.

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to the local magistrates court.

Tacit Consent

We would aim to have your application determined within 14 days of receipt of a valid and complete renewal application. However if we have been unable to determine your application in this time a licence will not automatically be granted due to public safety and animal welfare implications and therefore tacit consent does not apply.

This means that you must wait for the council to determine the application before any further riding activities can take place.

How do I add/remove horses on my licence?

Please email licensing@eastriding.gov.uk to notify us of any changes to your licence. 

If you are adding horses to your licence you will require an appointed vet to inspect the horse(s). 

Costs are determined on a case-by-case basis by the appointed vet and are fully payable by the licence holder. An additional fee £15 is payable to licensing team for administrative costs.

Who regulates riding schools?

The licensing team are responsible for the licensing and compliance of riding schools.

If a premises holds a licence it should be on display in a prominent position at the premises. If you have concerns about a riding school operating under a licence, have a complaint or would like to report a business that you are concerned are operating without a licence you can contact the licensing team on:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Riding Establishment Register

The register of all licensed riding schools in the East Riding can be viewed on Public Registers.

What happens if I do not apply for a riding establishment licence?

It is an offence under the Riding Establishment Act 1964 and 1970 to provide riding lessons, trekking or pony/donkey rides without the appropriate licence. The maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding £500 on the standard scale, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or both.

Last Updated: Friday, 18 May 2018