Hiring out of horses

To run a business hiring out horses for riding or for instruction in riding in Cheshire East you will need a licence from the council.

This includes:

  • Riding schools
  • Hiring out horses – trekking, loan horses, pony parties (where the ponies are ridden), hunter hirelings, polo/polocrosse instruction, pony hire, pony and donkey rides

Refer to hiring out horses licensing - statutory guidance for local authorities to see whether you require a licence.

How to apply

You can download the applicant profile, application form and the declaration form to apply for a licence for the hiring out of horses: 

Return completed forms:

By email to:


By post to:
Animal Health and Welfare Team
Cheshire East Council
Delamere House
Delamere Street


Payments may be made by calling 01270 686601, 01270 686720 or 01270 686597

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm


A fee is payable upon application. View details of fees for hiring of horses licence.

Right of appeal

If we refuse to give you a licence, you can appeal to an independent tribunal.

If you disagree with the star/risk rating we have given, you can challenge your rating.

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Page last reviewed: 09 May 2024