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If you are involved in hiring out horses in the course of a business for either or both of the following purposes:

(a)    Riding

(b)   Instruction in riding

Then you will require a licence under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Licence Conditions and Guidance - Further information on what is classed as a business and what activities are considered in or out of scope is available in the below DEFRA document:

This document also details the licence conditions that you would need to comply with if you were granted a licence.

COVID-19 – Advice for Animal Related Businesses

The guidance in the document below gives advice for those businesses involved in the boarding and also breeding of cats and dogs and pet shops which are activities that require a licence, but also dog walking and grooming that do not require a licence.

You can read animal business guidance on the CFSG website. This is updated regularly. 

Application form and fees

Animal Activity Licence Application Form – there is one generic Animal Activity Licence Form that covers all activities. Sections 1 to 4 must be completed for all application, and then complete the relevant sections for the activities that you are applying for.

Application and Licence Fee – The fees for an Animal Activity Licence are split into an application fee which must be received with the application and a licence fee which is required to be paid once the licence is approved and covers the length of the licence.

The hiring out horses licence requires a veterinary inspection on granting and renewal of a licence and also every 12 months. The operator will be invoiced separately for this charge following the visit.

Additional Information

Licenses will be issued for one, two or three years depending on their risk and star rating. New businesses can only achieve a one or two year licence.

Further information on the new licensing process is available on our Animal Activity Licensing FAQs page.

For new riding establishments, planning permission may be required. Further information can be obtained from Planning Services.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have produced a Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and their Hybrids which might be of interest.

Star ratings

Businesses are encouraged to display their star ratings, which came into effect on October 1, 2018.

Businesses have 21 days to appeal their star rating.

Please see the details of the star ratings in the table below:

1 Star / 1 Year Licence

Business that has minor failings against the minimum standards.

2 Star / 1 Year Licence

Business is compliant with both the minimum and they are either a new business (*) or considered higher risk due to previous history etc.

3 Star / 2 Year Licence

Business is compliant with the minimum standards.

(**) would be considered compliant with the optional higher standards, but they cannot achieve increasing the unit size by 1.5 times which is required by the higher standards

4 Star / 2 Year Licence

Business is compliant with both the minimum and optional higher standards and they are either a new business (*) or considered higher risk due to previous history etc.

5 Star / 3 Year Licence

Business is compliant with both the minimum and optional higher standards.

List of Animal Activity Licenses

The list of animal activities licensed in Charnwood can be viewed in the document below:

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