The legislation relating to caravan sites is the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. This requires that caravan sites are licensed by the local authority, once relevant planning permission is obtained. There are a number of exemptions to this licensing requirement including:
- A caravan sited within the boundary of a dwelling and its use is incidental to the house
- Sites approved by certain exempt organisations such as the Caravan Club
- Sites occupied by the local authority
- Building and engineering sites
- Travelling Showman sites
All caravan sites are issued with a Site Licence, which state the conditions the holder must adhere to ensure health and safety and protect the residents on site. These are normally based on model standards such as: the types of caravans permitted on the site, spacing between caravans, health and safety concerns and sanitary facilities. The conditions are attached to the licence can be reviewed and varied at any time as circumstances change.
Upon receipt of a new application, providing all relevant information and site plans are provided, the licence will be prepared and issued to the licensee together with the appropriate conditions. A site inspection will also take place at the time.
There is no fee for a site licence.
An application form for a caravan site licence is attached below. This is available to download and complete in type or print and fill in by hand.
Caravan sites are inspected periodically by Regulatory Services and Housing Officers to ensure the conditions of the licence are maintained, and that other health and safety risks are being adequately controlled. This will normally include a physical inspection of the site and checking that current certificates and records are in place and kept up to date.
Changes / alterations
In the event of any change of ownership or alterations to the site, you should notify us immediately to ensure arrangements may be made to change the licence accordingly.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005
This order places a duty on the responsible person (the owner or person having control) to take general fire precautions, to ensure the safety of users of the site and undertake a risk assessment for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions that need to be taken. The Fire and Rescue Authority are responsible for ensuring this order is complied with.
For further information contact:
Regulatory Services and Housing
Phone: 01492 575242