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 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 October 2023