Riding Establishments

It is illegal to keep a riding establishment without a licence from the local authority. The keeping of a riding establishment is defined as the carrying on of a business of keeping horses for either or both of the following purposes:

  • The purpose of the horse is being let out on hire for riding;
  • The purpose of their being used in providing, in return for payment, instruction in riding.

A Veterinary Consultant and a council officer inspect on application, and on renewal, all licensed riding establishments within the district. In addition to this, the premises are subject to an interim, 'spot check' inspection, by both the Veterinary Consultant and a council officer, at some point throughout the licence period.

All licenced riding establishments, must comply with Rochford District Councils standard conditions for riding establishments and may be subject to additional conditions as specified by the council.

Under certain circumstances some Riding Establishments may only be licenced for a provisional period of 3 months. This period may be extended for up to a maximum of 6 months, after which an application for a full licence must be applied for


Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.


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Financial Requirements

Please see schedule of fees below. If the Licence holder wishes to vary their licence, the fee is half of the annual licence fee plus all Veterinary Consultants Fees.  You will be invoiced for the Veterinary Consultants fees after the Premises Inspection has taken place. A Licence will not be issued until all fees have been paid. These fees are reviewed annually on 1st April.

Expiry Date

All Riding Establishment Licences are valid for one year from the date of issue.

Renewal Of Licences

It is an offence to carry on the business of running a riding establishment without a current licence. Therefore licence holders must apply for renewal of their licence at least 2 months before their licence expires.