Licence summary

You need a licence from us to operate a caravan or camping site. If you have a site with both camping and caravans, you can submit a combined application.

There are no time limits to camping and caravan site licences – they will expire when the planning permission of the site expires.

Licences can be transferred to a new occupier, with our consent.

Before you apply for a licence you must have the necessary planning permission.

What happens if I don't apply for a licence?

You can be fined if you don't get a licence or break any of your licence conditions. If you break your licence conditions, your licence may be withdrawn.

Exemptions

Licences are not required for:

  • occasional use within the boundary of a dwelling

  • a single caravan sited for fewer than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in 12 months

  • holdings of five acres or more if used for fewer than 28 days in any 12 month period and a maximum of three caravans at a time

  • sites occupied and supervised by exempted organisations such as the Caravan Club and used for recreational purposes

  • sites of up to five caravans that are certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only

  • meetings organised by exempted organisations

  • sites occupied by a local authority

  • sites for temporary and special purposes such as agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen

  • gypsy sites occupied by county or regional councils.

Are there any restrictions?

We will not issue a caravan site licence if:

  • the site does not have formal planning permission

  • planning permission will expire within six months of the date of the application

  • the applicant has had a site licence revoked within the last three years

How do I apply?

Complete the application online. You will also need to provide a site layout plan showing:

  • the site boundaries and  

  • the proposed positions of caravans, tents, car parking, fire-fighting arrangements, sanitary facilities, refuse arrangements, water supplies and access/exits.

Apply for a Licence Online

Fees

There is no charge for licence applications for camping and caravan sites used by the public.

Fees for park homes that are permanent residential sites (also known as protected sites) are:

 

       Number of pitches
   4-15    16-39    40-75    76-123    124+
 New park home licence       £327  £405    £450   £517   £561 
 Annual licence fee  £193  £242  £279  £327  £376
 Licence transfer  £100  £100  £100  £100  £100
 Licence variation  £200  £200  £200  £200  £200
 Deposit of site rules  £50  £50  £50  £50  £50

Does tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means you can act as though your application has been granted if you have not heard from us within the following timeframes:

  • caravan sites - two months after we confirm we have received your application

  • caravans if planning permission is received after the licensing application is made – six weeks after we confirm we have received your application

  • camping sites - four weeks after we confirmed we have received your application.

Appeals and complaints

Appeals against a caravan site licence condition or the refusal to issue, vary or transfer a site licence can be made to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Appeals against a camping site licence condition or the refusal to grant a licence can be made to the local Magistrates’ court.

Consumer complaint

We advise that consumer complaints are first made to the trader, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that does not work, further advice is available from Citizens Advice.

For complaints such as noise pollution or one licence holder complaining about another, please contact us for advice.

See the Mobile Home Park Site Rules page for information about the rules and requirements for new and existing mobile home park sites.