Waveney District Council

Riding establishment licensing

Horse riding establishments

Horse riding

Licence summary 

Under the Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970, those who run a riding establishment must obtain a licence. This is to ensure the welfare and safety of both horses and riders is adequate.

If a riding establishment is unlicensed then we will be unaware of any inadequacies or risks that may be present, and therefore unable to remedy them. The public should check whether the riding schools they visit are licensed, and notify us if they are not.

This licensing requirement does not apply to livery stables (the stabling or keeping of horses for money), which do not require any form of licence and do not have to be regularly checked.

Licence conditions

Who can apply?

Any fit and proper person who is not disqualified from keeping animals may apply.

Is planning permission required?

is recommended that you discuss your proposals with the Planning Department to determine whether a planning application is needed.

How long will it take for my application to be assessed?

Once your application has been received, an Officer will contact you as soon as possible, and within 28 days. The amount of time taken to determine the application will range depending on a number of factors, such as the availability of a veterinary surgeon and the amount of work required to comply with the licence conditions.

Will tacit consent apply

No. A riding establishment must not be run without a licence.

How do I apply?

Download, print off and send in a completed application form with a cheque payable to: Waveney District Council.

We will introduce an option to apply and pay online for a licence. Further information will appear here.

How much does a licence cost?

The licence fee is:

  • £185 (to 31 December 2014)
  • £190 (from 1 January 2015). 

How long does a licence last?

A licence lasts for 12 months from the date of issue.

What can I do if my licence application is refused?

You can apply to the Magistrate's Court if your application is refused.

Contact us

Telephone: 01502 562111

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Food and Safety Team

The team deals with food safety, health and safety, infectious diseases, port health and related topics.

Address: Town Hall
High Street
NR32 1HS

Tel: 01502 562111

Fax: 01502 523150

Email: environment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk