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Riding establishments

Any premises operating a business that provides horses for hire or riding instruction, must apply to us for a riding establishment licence.

Licences are renewable annually. We will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare and safety of the horses, riders and the public.

Anyone who operates a riding establishment must be suitably qualified and experienced. The licence will be issued subject to compliance with the licence conditions and upon production of a copy of a current insurance policy certificate.


Please see our riding establishment licence conditions and licence application form below:

Return your completed licence application form together with the appropriate fee (currently £82.00 + vets fee) to:

Environmental Health, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields, Loughborough. LE11 2TX

Additional information

For new riding establishments, planning permission may be required. Further information can be obtained from Planning Services.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have produced a Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and their Hybrids which might be of interest.

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