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Horse grazing regulations

Unrestricted land

If land is unrestricted (ie it has no controls under the law), then you are allowed to graze horses on it without contacting us.

I'm thinking about buying previously unrestricted land - how do I find out if I can graze horses on it?

Land will automatically have agricultural restrictions imposed on it when it is sold or gifted. You should seek advice from us on what restrictions will be imposed.

If there is a proven history of horse grazing, and stables are constructed in the field or are part of a property attached to the land, the application will be considered sympathetically.

Viable agricultural fields

Viable agricultural fields will automatically be issued with a restriction for grazing of horses in the conditions of consent on any sale, transfer or gift of land under the law.

Vacant fields under 2 vergées

Vacant fields under 2 vergées can be assessed on request.  If those fields are not commercially agriculturally viable and they are untenanted, permission may be given for permanent horse grazing.

You are advised to advertise the land to let in the JEP and on the gov.je website to gauge the demand for the land, if any. If there is no interest from bona fide agriculturalists, permanent permission to occupy may be granted for the grazing of horses.

Vacant fields over 2 vergées

A request for horse grazing can also be made to us for vacant fields that are over 2 vergées that have had agricultural conditions imposed in a previous transaction.

You are advised to advertise the land to let in the JEP and the gov.je website to gauge the demand for the land, if any. If there is no interest from bona fide agriculturalists, a temporary licence to occupy may be issued for the grazing of horses.

Current agricultural land and buildings being advertised on the gov.je website

Details of agricultural land and buildings being advertised on our website are available in the agricultural land and buildings section.

Agricultural land and buildings for sale or lease  

What if I want to use rotational horse grazing on larger pieces of land?

Permission for rotational horse grazing on larger parcels of land may be given. You should seek advice from us on what restrictions will be imposed.

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