Apply for a licence to hire out horses for riding lessons

Find out how to apply for a horse premises licence and the documents you need.

You will need a licence if you keep horses and plan to hire them out for riding or lessons.

You'll need to pay a non-refundable fee of £126.50 to apply and a further £198 if the licence is granted. You'll also be responsible for any vets fees.

As part of your application you'll need to submit copies of the following:

  • plan of the premises
  • operating procedures
  • insurance policy
  • risk assessments (including fire)
  • qualification and training records
  • infection control procedure

You'll need to return your form and supporting documents to envhealth@canterbury.gov.uk. You can also email the team if you have any questions before applying.

To pay the application fee you can:

  • call 01227 862 427 to make a phone payment
  • send a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council

Apply for a horse riding licence

Licences are valid for one to three years, based on a risk rating we award each licence holder.