Riding Establishments

Riding Establishments

Persons or stables that hire out horses for riding or instruction must be licensed by Broxtowe Borough Council. If new animals are to be used, a variation must be applied for.

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Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must not have been disqualified from having custody of animals or from holding a riding establishment licence.

Regulation Summary 

Please view the Riding Establishments Act 1964.

Application Evaluation Process

An inspection of the establishment and animals used will be undertaken before a licence is issued. Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached. Licences cannot be issued before an Approved Veterinary Advisor has carried out an inspection. Fees for the Veterinary Advisor are also recharged.

Will Tacit Consent Apply? 

New applications - no. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please get in touch.

Existing licence holders - yes, but only if the same premises and animals are used as on the existing licence.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Broxtowe Borough Council in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence, or refused the renewal of a licence may appeal to the local magistrates' court.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Broxtowe Borough Council in the first instance. A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.

Consumer Complaint

If you believe a premises is operating without a licence please contact us.

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Licence holders may at any time apply to us for a variation of the terms, conditions or restrictions in their licence.

If an application for a variation is refused, or if the licence is revoked, the licence holder may appeal to the local magistrates' court.

A licence holder may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court.

Other Redress


Trade Associations

Association of British Riding schools
British Horse Society
British Veterinary Association
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Environmental Health
tel: 0115 917 3282