If you let out horses for hire or provide riding school services you will require a licence issued by the Local Authority.
The Riding Establishments Act 1964 defines the keeping of a riding establishment as:
'... the carrying on of a 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,'
But as not including a reference to the carrying on of such a business:
If you want to apply for or renew and existing licence you can complete the following Riding establishment licence application form (This link will open in a new window). Alternatively, you may make an electronic application through Gov.uk (This link will open in a new window).
For details of the current fees, click here.
Please note that you will also have to pay for the veterinary inspection costs before your licence can be issued.
Tacit consent does not apply to applications for this licence as it is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
The Local Authority is required to receive a report by a listed veterinary surgeon or practitioner (See Power of Entry below) before making a decision and the report must be based on an inspection made not more than 12 months before the application was received.
In deciding whether or not to grant a licence, or provisional licence, the Local Authority must, without prejudice to its right to refuse a licence on other grounds, have regard to the following matters:
Persons under 18 years old or persons or bodies corporate disqualified under the following provisions may not be given a licence:
Full licences continue for one year beginning on the day on which they came into force and then expire. The date of operation, depending upon the wishes of the applicant, is either the day on which it is granted or the 1st January next.
Provisional Licences operate for three months from the day on which they are granted and are used where the local authority is satisfied that it would not be justified in issuing a full licence. The three months period of operation may, on application before the expiration of the three months, be extended for a further period of not exceeding three months so long as this would not exceed a six months period in one year.
On the death of a licence holder, licences pass to his personal representative for a period of three months and then expire. The three months period may be extended at the Local Authority's discretion.
On granting a licence the local authority is required to specify conditions as appear necessary or expedient to achieve all the objectives set out in the paragraph headed 'Matters for Consideration' above. In addition the following conditions are required by the Act, whether specified in the licence or not:
Guidance on conditions for riding establishment licences is issued by the British Veterinary Association.
In making a conviction under this Act, under the Protection of Animals Act 1911, the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912, the Pet Animals Act 1951 or the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963, the court may cancel any riding establishment licence held by the convicted person and may disqualify him from holding such a licence, whether or not he is a current holder, for such period as the court thinks fit. The cancellation or disqualification may be suspended by the court pending an appeal.
Local Authority officers and veterinary surgeons and practitioners listed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Veterinary Association for this purpose, authorised in writing by the Local Authority, may, upon producing their authority if required, enter and inspect the following premises at all reasonable times:
This power extends to the inspection of any horses found on the premises. Persons wilfully obstructing or delaying authorised officers are subject on conviction to a maximum fine not exceeding level two.
Approved Certificate - means
a. Any one of the following certificates issued by the British Horse Society, namely, Assistant Instructor's Certificate, Instructor's Certificate and Fellowship;
b. Fellowship of the Institute of Horse; or
c. Any other Certificate for the time being prescribed by order of the Secretary of State.
Horse - includes any mare, gelding, pony, foal, colt, filly or stallion and also any ass, mule or jennet.
Local authority - means the Council of a District, the Council of a London Borough or the
Common Council of the City of London, and in Scotland means the Council of any County.
Premises - includes land.
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Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted Surrey RH8 0BT
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