RCVS/BVA Riding Establishments Inspections
Under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970, riding establishments are required by law to be licensed by local authorities.
The licence may only be issued or denied by the local authority following an inspection and report by a veterinary surgeon who is a member of the RCVS/BVA Inspectorate.
Environmental Health departments of local authorities have responsibility for enforcing health and safety legislation in the majority of riding establishments. They investigate reportable accidents and undertake health and safety inspections which they may carry out during licensing visits. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers (CIEH) have published comprehensive guidance on relevant legislation, suggested control measures etc intended for use by enforcement officers, proprietors and other interested parties, available free to download from the CIEH site.
Useful documents and contact information
The list of approved riding establishment inspectors is available to download from the 'Related documents' box, top right, along with the most recent Riding Establishments Newsletter.
Licencing authorities and their inspectors should use the forms of application and inspection report.
The Riding Establishments Committee Secretary can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.