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Hiring out horses

You must have a licence to provide riding lessons or hire out horses for payment, and meet the licensing standards and conditions.

Please note: This used to be known as a riding establishment licence.

Apply for a licence

The total fee payable is shown below. This amount consists of the initial administration fee payable with the application and the subsequent enforcement fee payable by credit/debit card prior to the issue of a licence. 

The total cost of a licence includes a basic inspection fee plus an additional fee payable per horse.

Basic Inspection fee

Type of licence

Total basic fee

Initial payment

Final payment




£162.64 (plus total per horse rate)




£136.20 (plus total per horse rate)

Plus - additional fee which includes the initial vet inspection and mid-term inspection, payable per horse at the following rates:

  • First 10 horses rate - £15.30/per horse
  • Next 11-50 horses rate - £10.20/per horse
  • 51 horses and over rate - £8.16/per horse

What happens next?

We'll send a vet to inspect the welfare of the animals and check their accommodation is suitable.

If you pass the inspection, we'll issue you a licence. This licence is subject to the Government's standard conditions.