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Riding Establishment Licence

Riding Establishment Licence

Who needs to apply?

Any premises that provide horses for hire or riding instruction for money must hold a riding establishment licence.

Livery stables that house and care for other people’s horses do not need a licence.

Anyone who operates a riding establishment must be suitably qualified or experienced. Conditions are attached to the licence to ensure the welfare and safety of the horses, riders and the public.

Downloadable application forms

The following forms must be completed in conjunction with each other.

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

Fees and Charges

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.


We aim to deal with grant and renewal applications within 49 days. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application periods.       

Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018

The Government introduced a significant change with the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018. Visit the Canine and Feline Sector Group's website  for guidance documents to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements set out under those Regulations which are scheduled to come into play October 2018.

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Contact details

01724 297750   

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm


9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.00pm

Last updated: 12/10/2018