Who needs a riding establishment licence

You need a licence if you run stables which hire out horses or ponies for riding or instruction.

This includes:

  • riding schools
  • trekking
  • loan horses
  • pony parties where people ride on the ponies
  • hunter hirelings
  • polo or polocrosse instruction
  • pony hire
  • pony or donkey rides

You do not need a licence if you:

  • own a livery stables
  • run pony parties where none of the ponies are ever ridden
  • occasionally lend your horse, even if you charge a small fee, where there is no profit made and no intent to make a profit

Find more information in the government's guidance on animal activities.

How to apply

Find out how much your animal business licence will cost.

Download the application form and send it to:

Animal Wardens
Brighton & Hove City Council
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square

You also need to download and complete the animal activity licensing privacy notice, and send it to us with your application form.

Why we inspect your business

We regularly inspect riding businesses. This is to make sure that you keep up the required standards of the animals' homes.

We send vets to inspect your business to make sure the animals are in good health. They also check the animals are physically fit for riding.

Once we give you a licence, it's valid for one year. We include conditions in your licence to make sure you look after the animals. There are also conditions about the safety of riders.

You can get send an email to animalwardens@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 292 170.