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Riding establishment licence

To run a riding establishment where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction in England, Scotland or Wales, you need a licence from us.

Eligibility criteria

If you are an applicant, you must be over 18 years of age. In England and Wales you must have not been disqualified:

You must pay any fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

You can see a summary of the regulation relating to this licenceExternal Hyperlink

Application evaluation process

Before making a decision about an application, we must consider a report from a veterinary surgeon or practitioner about whether the premises are suitable for a riding establishment and the condition of any horses. We will also take into account whether an applicant is suitable and qualified to hold a licence. We must be satisfied:

In addition to any others, a riding establishment licence will be subject to these conditions:

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please email

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Failed application redress

Please phone 01329 236100 or email in the first instance.

An applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates' court.

Licence holder redress

Please phone 01329 236100 or email in the first instance.

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.

Consumer Complaint

We suggest that in the event of a complaint, you make first contact with the trader concerned, preferably by letter and with proof of delivery if that has not worked, contact the UK European Consumer Centre External Hyperlink.

Trade associations

If you need any further information or have any concerns about an establishment please e-mail us at or telephone on 01329 236100.

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Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Hampshire, PO16 7AZ
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