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Animal welfare licensing

Riding schools

You must have a licence to operate a riding establishment or if you intend to hire out horses. To apply for a new or renewal licence please complete our riding establishment licence application form. You will need to provide details of all horses kept at your establishment when submitting the form. You can download a pro-forma spreadsheet (CSV) [648B] (opens new window) to list horses kept at your establishment.

Riding establishment licence fees
Riding establishment application fee£360.00
Grant fee£175.00
Combination of activities - in addition to highest activity fee£60.00
Variation of licence / re-evaluation of rating£120.00 (plus vets fees)
Variations to reduce the licensable activities or number of animals£60.00
Transfer of licence (on death of licence holder)£60.00
Change of name or business name (not transfer)£35.00
Copy of licence£15.00

Fees are payable on application. Contact the Licensing Team for more details.

We will arrange to inspect your premises, along with a vet. You will have to pay for the cost of the inspection. We will make sure the accommodation for the animals and the management of their welfare meets the necessary standards.

A licence will last one, two or three years depending on the star rating given. Make sure you renew your licence before the expiry date.

Last modified on 28 May 2024

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