Horse and stable licence

If you hire out horses as a business for either of the following you will need a licence under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

  • Riding
  • Instruction in riding

Hiring out horses licences are valid for one, two or three years based on a risk assessment. The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.

In order to secure a hiring out horses licence, your business must meet the conditions in the legislation and the guidance set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA):

A Council officer or vet may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after the licence is granted. Some visits will be unannounced as required by the legislation.

The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.

Apply for a licence to hire out horses

To apply for a licence to hire out horses, please complete the following steps:

We will take the full payment when you apply. If your licence is not granted, part of your licence fee will be refunded to you.

Apply online

Vary a licence

If you wish to vary your licence, please email publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk on 01403 215427.

If you breach your hiring out horses licence or hire out horses without one, you could be fined.

If you stop or delay an inspection your licence can be taken away and you could be banned from hiring out horses.

For more details, please read the legislation.