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Horse Riding Establishment Licence

To run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction) in England, Scotland or Wales, you need a licence from the local authority.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be over 18 years of age. In England and Wales they must have not been disqualified:

Council Duties

Applicants must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.
Before deciding an application the local authority 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.
The local authority will also take into account whether the applicant is suitable and qualified to hold a licence. They must also be satisfied of the following:
In addition to any other conditions a riding establishment licence must be subject to the following conditions:

Apply Online

Torbay Council has been working with Business Link to develop online application facilities. You can use the secure form and online payment systems to submit your application.

Is the Licence Granted Automatically?

No, it is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not had a response to your application within 20 working days, please contact Licensing and Public Protection

Licence Changes

Please contact Licensing and Public Protection if you have a made a change to your existing riding establishment licence.

Fees

Type of RegistrationFeeFee per horse in excess of 5
Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970£330.00**£15.00 per horse in excess of 5
Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970 - Amend LicenceN/A 
**Plus costs of vets fees as required

Appeals

An applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates' court.  Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court. In Scotland licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to the local sheriff.



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