A license is required for a major equestrian event when a competition, exhibition, or other display of equestrian skills involves between 151 and 300 participants and spectators per day. At least 75 acres are required to conduct a major equestrian event and the site must have direct access to a roadway with at least an arterial classification (a road primarily used by through traffic and usually on a continuous route or highway). The equestrian event must not be held on a site that does not have the minimum acreage requirements.
An equestrian event may operate only from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
A maximum of 10 major and minor equestrian events may take place each year at any equestrian facility. That means that no more than 3 major equestrian events and no more than 7 minor equestrian events may take place in a year. Additionally, each major equestrian event must not take place for more than 3 consecutive days.
An applicant must submit a major equestrian event license application to the zoning office of DPS. The application process is as follows:
The normal processing time for approval or denial of a major equestrian event application is ten days. The license is non-renewable and is valid for the three days the event is scheduled. A new license must be obtained for each event.
|Application||Equestrian License Application|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Fee Schedule||Fees Collected by the Department of Permitting Services|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Equestrian Event"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|On Line Permit Status||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|