Hiring out horses (formerly known as riding establishments)

To run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction) in England, you need a licence from the local authority.

Please Note: The Council no longer accepts cash payments for applications.  Where on line applications are submitted through the gov.uk portal then you can pay by debit card but where you submit applications by post you will need to enclose a cheque or alternatively provide a phone number on the application form and we will contact you to take payment over the phone.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 covers the hiring out of horses (formerly known as riding schools). 


Under the new regulations there are General conditions and specific conditions for hiring out horses, which you will need to meet before a licence can be issued.

This is the link to the new regulations in case you would like to read them.


Please also read:


An annual inspection is required and the Council will arrange this with a veterinary surgeon.

The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee.


How much will the licence cost?

Please see current fees list Licencing fees and charges 2019 - 2020 (PDF, 240KB)

A charge also aapplies for variations to the licence, please see the link above.


How do I apply?

Once you have read the above conditions and guidance, you can download an application form (PDF, 66KB), which you can complete and return to Milton Keynes Council with the payment. 


Horse Riding Establishments Currently Licensed by Milton Keynes Council

Ride High, Loughton

Last Updated: 13 December 2019