Riding establishments


Riding Establishments Act 1964 & 1970


Riding establishments are licensed by local authorities.

A riding establishment is defined as the carrying on of a business of keeping horses (equines) for hiring out for riding or used for riding instruction. This includes activities such as riding schools and pony or equine parties.

The local authority can impose conditions on the licence. The local authority, in the exercise of its discretion, may take into account the suitability of the applicant/manager, the accommodation and pasture, adequacy of the provision for the horses’ health, welfare and exercise, precautions against fire and disease and the suitability of the horses as regards the reasons for which they are kept.

Apply for a riding establishment licence

Applications can be made on the associated application form and you will be invoiced when your application has been processed.

Alternatively applications can be made via the following link (including online payment options)


A list of the draft conditions are available to download for information but may be varied and/or additional conditions imposed on your final licence (if approved). Details will be discussed with you as part of the application process.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506