Any business keeping horses to let them out for hire or riding instruction must be licensed under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.
We will carry out an inspection and will require a report from a veterinary surgeon. In deciding whether to issue a licence, we must consider whether a person appears to be suitable and qualified, either by experience in the management of horses or by being the holder of an approval certificate, or by employing someone who is qualified. The licence will be issued subject to any conditions imposed and payment of the licence fee plus any vets fees if incurred.
Licences are renewable on an annual basis.
Licence - Riding establishments in Christchurch and East Dorset
Find out if you need a licence to run a riding establishment
Licence - riding establishments in North Dorset
If you hire out horses or ponies for riding or for instruction in North Dorset you will need a riding establishment licence from this council.
Licence - riding establishment in Purbeck
Annual licences are issued by the Public Health & Housing Services Section of the council, following inspection of the premises and payment of the appropriate licence fee.
Licence - riding establishments in West Dorset
Annual licences are issued by Environmental Health following a satisfactory inspection of the premises and payment of the appropriate fee which is currently £82.58.
Licence - riding establishment in Weymouth and Portland
Annual licences for riding establishments are issued by the Environmental Services Section of the council, following inspection of the premises and payment of the appropriate licence fee.