You need a licence to run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction). Please click on the button below to make your application.  

Apply for a licence (GOV.UK)

Before deciding an application we must consider a report from a veterinary practitioner detailing whether the premises are suitable for a riding establishment and detailing the condition of the premises and any horses to be used.

Licences are renewed annually and a licence fee is paid at that time. We liaise with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue to ensure fire precautions are adequate. It is possible that an inspection of the premises will be carried out by the Fire Officer. We also check with our development management team regarding any necessary planning permission.

The licence we issue can say there are a number of conditions. We add these conditions with the aim of ensuring high standards of animal care and health and safety. New establishments should meet all licence conditions as a basic standard. However, existing establishments may need to phase in improvements over an agreed time period.