Licence - caravan site

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Anyone stationing a caravan or mobile home on land will require a caravan site licence. Please make your application for a site licence to the local authority in whose area the land situated.

If you allow your land to be used as a camping site by the public for more than 42 consecutive days or for more than 60 days in any consecutive 12 months you require a camping site licence.

Exceptions to requirement for licence

Planning permission may also be required.

How to apply

You will also need to submit plans for the proposed site. Plans must be based on a 1/2500 scale Ordnance Survey map:

  • outline the site in red
  • if you own or control any adjoining land, this area should be shaded in blue
  • the layout plan should show the positions of the facilities and should distinguish between those already existing and those proposed


Our Fee policy document is currently being updated, including revisions to the fees and charges that were implemented with effect from 1 April 2016. A draft document will be taken to the Licensing & Safety Committee on 15 June, and consultation on the revised document will follow. It is hoped that the revised policy will be finalised and approved at the Licensing & Safety Committee in October 2016.

The new fees are as follows:

  • New site licence - £16 per pitch plus £406
  • Annual fee per licensed pitch - £13.48
  • Transfer - £172
  • Amendment to conditions - £315
  • Deposit, varying or deleting site rules - £108


You must be entitled to use the land as a caravan or camping site. Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

Park rules

What the law says

Caravan sites

Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

Camping sites

Public Health Act 1936

Application process

Site licences may have conditions that restrict the number or type of caravans and ensure that sanitary and other facilities, services and equipment are supplied and maintained.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. As it is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted please contact us if you have not heard from us by the end of this period.

How to appeal

Please contact us first.

If you want to object to a condition on the licence you can appeal to the local magistrates' court within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision. If you are refused a licence you can appeal by way of judicial review. We recommend that you seek legal advice if you wish to do this.

Complaints about caravan or camping sites

If you wish to complain about a caravan site or if you believe that there has been a breach of licence conditions please contact us so we can investigate.

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