Horse riding schools

Information about licensing of riding establishment

If you want to hire out horses or ponies for riding or instruction you will need to apply to the council for a licence under Riding Establishments Acts of 1964 This link will take you to an external website...  and 1970 This link will take you to an external website... *

There are conditions attached to the licence you will need to achieve, which aim to protect the welfare of the horses and ensure public safety. Please note we may amend these conditions to suit individual circumstances.

Application charges

We make a non refundable charge to consider a licence application and you must pay your fees in full when the application is made. We also need the advice of a vet before we can consider issuing you with a licence, the cost of which we will recharge to you.


We aim to issue the licence or give reasons why a licence was not granted within three months of receipt of a complete application form where the licence fee has been paid in full.

Licences run for 12 months from the date of issue.


For all applications a site visit will need to be conducted during the consideration of the application to check the facilities of the (proposed) premises.  A vet will also need to visit to inspect the premises and check the condition and suitability of the horses, usually these inspections are arranged at the same time.  There is no deemed approval of applications until a licence is granted or you are informed that the licence will not be issued.

Renewal of licences

A licence will only be reissued on receipt of the appropriate fee and a new application.

Appeals and complaints

If you have concerns about how your application is handled the first point of contact will be the case officer dealing with your application.  If you are still not satisfied you can lodge a complaint firstly with their line manager. 

If you are dissatisfied with a decision not to issue a licence or by one or more of the conditions attached to your licence you can appeal to the magistrates court. This link will take you to an external website...   

Other considerations

The following matters are not directly taken into account when considering applications, but you are strongly encouraged to ensure that you have taken account of these issues before applying for a licence (this list is not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive):

Contact us

An application form can be found under the Downloads section of this page.  If you have an enquiry about a licence please contact Environmental Protection. 

Last reviewed: 09 - 04 - 2018

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