You can use the
429 Too Many Requests HTTP status code (RFC 6585) which is meant for rate limiting — i.e. to indicate that the client has exceeded the number of requests allowed in a given amount of time.
You can also, optionally, send the
Retry-After header as a response to the client to indicate the amount of time to wait (in seconds or HTML date format) before making a new request.
HTTP/1.1 429 Too Many Requests Content-Type: text/html Retry-After: 3600
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