Hiring out horses licence

If you or your business hire out horses, you will require an animal licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply 

To apply, change or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

For an application please contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Fees and charges

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 - Riding establishment

Keeping of a riding establishment (large - 10 or more horses)

  • new application £1,611
  • renewal £1,052

Keeping of a riding establishment (small - one to nine horses)

  • new application £1,263
  • renewal £823

Additions/amendment to the 'Approved Schedule of Horses' (large and small) £87

  • minor variation (minor changes to licence not requiring site visit) £164
  • major variation (more substantial changes to licence that require a site visit) £405
  • request to be re-assessed for star rating (excluding appeal) £154
  • compliance inspections for multi-year licences £154 per visit
  • re-charge for ad hoc/additional inspections £154 per visit

Eligibility criteria 

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs for one to three years from the date of issue.

You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible. The rating will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business and the animal welfare standards you adopt.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.   

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership will notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

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