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Horse riding and stables


If you want to run stables, loan out horses or ponies, or offer riding lessons to the public in Maidstone you will need a Horse Riding Establishment Licence.

Before applying for a licence you will need to apply for planning permission to change the use of the property, so that it can be used for horse riding. See our Planning Pages for more information.

Who’s it for?

You can apply for a licence if you are over 18 years old and have never been disqualified from:

Apply for a licence

You will need to supply:

  • A copy of your Public Liability Insurance to the value of at least £5 million
  • A detailed plan of your premises including all relevant features such as emergency access, any public areas, animal accommodation, exercise areas, water, electricity access and any storage areas.
  • Any certification that your riding instructors and yard managers may have
  • A detailed register of the horses that you intend to hire out for work or teaching at the premises, including their age and gender. All horses kept at the premises must have a horse passport; find out more on the GOV.uk website.
  • A copy of your planning consents

Apply for a horse riding establishment licence

How long does it take

Applications normally take 40 days to process. This may take longer if we need more information from you. A pre-inspection visit will take place after 10 days. We will contact you within eight days of receiving the application to arrange the visit. A formal inspection will be arranged after the pre-inspection visit.

Renew my licence

You will need to renew your licence every year. You can renew your licence and online and will need to supply a current copy of your Public Liability Insurance with the renewal

Renew my licence

Make changes to my licence

If you need to change your licence:

  • You can apply and pay the fees online on the GOV.uk website
  • It will be treated as a new application

You will also need to include supporting documents with your application, if you have made changes to:

  • Your stock
  • Your insurance
  • Your certification or the certification of your staff
  • The layout of the premises

You might not need to change your licence if you’re making small changes to the premises. Before making an application contact the licensing partnership team by emailing licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227004 and they will confirm whether you need to make a new application.

Change my licence

Licence fees

Number of HorsesLicence Fee
Up to and including 10 horses£320 (excl. Vet Fees)
11 horses and above£435 (excl. Vet Fees)

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