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The Licensing office is now open by appointment only. Please click here to contact us or email licensing@blaby.gov.uk 

Horse Riding Licence

Anyone who hires out horses or ponies for riding or instruction must be licensed.

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you and your establishment comply with the conditions. These can be found in The Animal Welfare Regulations (2018) in the link below.

Application requirements

To apply for a Horse Riding Licence please submit the following to Licensing:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Proof of Public Liability insurance
  • Proof of Employers Liability Insurance (if applicable)
  • Qualification showing you, or a member of staff, have completed Ofqual Level 3 or above qualification in a relevant field. Only in exceptional circumstances will proof of relevant business experience be accepted instead of a qualification
  • Written procedures
  • Application fee payment. This can be made by cheque, to Blaby District Council, or is payable over the phone by credit/debit card. Our table of fees can be found below. 

Once we have received a complete and valid application, you will be contacted to arrange an inspection of the premises by an authorised officer and a vet.  

If the inspection of the premises is satisfactory you will be required to pay the licence grant fee, and the licence will then be issued. If the inspection is unsatisfactory, you will be contacted in writing and advised that the licence has been refused.

If you would like to discuss the application process, please contact Licensing.

Horse Riding in the District

There are currently no licence holders in the district.


Application Price
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 £99 application fee per activity
+ veterinary inspection costs where necessary
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 £110 grant fee per licence
Dangerous Wild Animal Licence £225 + veterinary inspection costs
Zoo Licence £960 + veterinary inspection costs
Last updated 9 August 2023
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