Riding establishment licence

If you let out horses or ponies for hire or provide riding school services you will require a licence under the Riding Establishments Act 1964. 

Licences are renewed annually and run for twelve months from date of issue.

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Fees

The fee for a riding establishment licence is £180 plus vet's fees. 

If we need to re-inspect the premises we charge re-inspection fee.

How to apply

Apply online

You can apply online for a riding establishment licence at Gov.uk

Apply by post

Download and complete the document below.

Application process

Your licence will run for a year from 1 April.

You will need to provide copies of the following:

  • Public liability insurance

  • Qualification certificates (optional) 

A veterinary surgeon and a council officer will make an inspection of the premises and animals.  The cost of the veterinary inspection will be paid by the applicant.

We will issue a licence once the inspection confirms that the premises meet all specified conditions. The licence is issued with a copy of the specified conditions and an invoice for the veterinary costs. The conditions must be kept to at all times and the licence should be on visible display.

Register of licences

We keep a public register of all licences issued and held within the Lewes district. Search online for details now:

Public register of licences and registrations

Riding Establishment Licence application form Lewes District Council

Riding Establishment Licence application form Lewes District Council
Summary: Download the riding establishment licence application form
File Size: 41KB
File Type: application/pdf
Created: 03 July 2017
Last Modified: 01 August 2017

Fees

There is a £95.00 fee which does not include the cost of a vet.

How to apply

Apply online

You can apply online for a riding establishment licence at Gov.uk

Apply by post

Download the document below.

You will need to provide copies of the following:

  • Public liability insurance certificate
  • List of horses and ponies
  • Qualification certificates (optional)

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