Hiring out horses

Animal Welfare Information

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 require anyone hiring out horses in the course of a business for riding or providing instruction in riding requires a licence.

The Council inspects all licensed premises, which will include a veterinary surgeon or practitioner. If the inspection is satisfactory the licence will be granted for 1, 2 or 3 years and provided with a star rating; however, an annual veterinary inspection is still required regardless of the duration of the licence.


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Animal Welfare Licences – Hiring out horses. Fee comprised of (a) initial fee; and(b) successful application (enforcement) fee

1 year licence: New / renewal (+vet fee)


(a) £122.41; (b) £77.59

2 year licence: New / renewal (+vet fee)


(a) £122.41; (b) £155.18

3 year licence: New / renewal (+vet fee)


(a) £122.41; (b) £232.77