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Caravan site licences

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The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the local authority.

A caravan site includes anywhere a caravan (including mobile or 'park' home) is situated and occupied for human habitation including touring sites and single sites.

Sites can be for permanent caravans (utilised as holiday caravans), touring caravans or permanent residential caravans.

How to apply

If you wish to change the use of land to a permanent caravan site you must have planning permission before you apply for a licence.

To apply for a caravan site licence:

  • contact us for an application form by emailing or call 01772 906911.
  • submit a site plan of 1:500 scale showing the layout of the roads, caravans and facilities with the application form.

No application fee is required for this application.

Please note: a caravan licence can not be issued to a person who has had a site licence revoked within three years of the date of their current application.


A caravan site licence is not required for:

  • Incidental use within the cartilage of a dwelling house;
  • Single caravan sited for no more than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in 12 months;
  • Holdings of five acres or more, if not more that 28 days in 12 months, and a maximum of three caravans at any one time;
  • Sites occupied by exempted organisations, such as the Caravan Club;
  • Sites of up to five caravans that are certified by an exempted organisation and which are for members only;
  • Sites occupied by the local authority;
  • Sites for special or temporary purposes, such as agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen;
  • Sites where caravans are kept for storage only (driveways, retailers, storage parks).

Licence conditions

The council has the discretion to withhold a licence and it may specify conditions on any licence that it does grant. These conditions will be tailored to the individual application.

Site licence conditions are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of caravan occupants and include:

  •  The type of caravan
  •  Fire safety precautions
  •  Sanitary facilities
  •  The positioning, density and distance between caravans.

Once licensed, sites will be subject to routine inspections to ensure compliance with the conditions.

All complaints will be investigated.

Duration of the licence

There is no time limit to the licence and it will expire when the planning permission expires.

Any major changes to the site may affect the licence, so you must inform us when such changes occur.

Licences are transferable to a new occupier, with our consent. If you wish to transfer a licence please contact us on 01772 906907.

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