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Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013


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The above Act came into force on the 1st October 2014. The Act applies to all land on which a mobile home is situated for the purposes of human habitation; this is called a regulated site. It does not apply to holiday sites and there are certain exemptions e.g. if a caravan is situated within the curtilage of a dwelling house and the use of the caravan is incidental to the enjoyment of that house.
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Residential Caravan Sites

To operate a residential caravan site a licence is required, the licence can be issued for up to a maximum period of 5 years. Planning permission is also required to permit a site to be used as a residential caravan site.

Please note: Failure to operate a residential caravan site without the appropriate license or planning permission will result in a criminal prosecution.

List of residential sites in Conwy

SiteLicence issuedDuration of licenceSingle caravan on siteSite rules
Garth Fawr Farm, Llangwstennin, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9JF 04/03/2016 5 years No Yes
Glan Morfa Caravan Park, Ffordd Maelgwyn, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9BL 12/11/2015 5 years No No
Little Paddock, Gwellyn Avenue, Kinmel Bay, LL18 5HR 29/07/2015 5 years No Yes
Tynafallan, Pont-y-Pant, Dolwyddelan, LL25 0PQ 28/04/2015 5 years Yes No
114 Bellvue, Gorse Hill Caravan Park, Conwy, LL32 8HJ 13/01/2016 5 years Yes No
Hendre Waelod, Glan Conwy, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5TN 15/12/2015 5 years Yes No
Whitehouse Leisure Park, Towyn Road, Towyn, Abergele, LL22 9EY 01/03/2016 5 years No Yes
Berth Ddu, Betws Road, Llanrwst, LL26 0PP 12/11/2015 5 years No Yes
Golden Sands Holiday Park, Foryd Road, Kinmel Bay, Rhyl, LL18 5NA 05/05/2015 5 years No Yes


How to apply

Application for a site licence

Application checklist

Supporting documentation

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • Lay out plan of the site on a scale of 1/500
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Site rules
  • Gas safety certificate
  • Electrical installation safety certificate; and
  • Health & Safety risk assessment

Failure to supply the necessary information will render your application as invalid. 

Fees

The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 allows Local Authorities to charge a fee for the following functions:

  1. Issuing of a site licence, which includes the cost of an inspection
  2. Varying conditions
  3. Lodging site rules should the owner of the site request this
  4. Providing a replacement licence.

The Act requires that the local authority publicise its fees policy in relation to the different functions.

Fees Policy for Mobile Homes

Conwy County Borough Council under its scheme of delegation have determined the following fees to apply under the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013:

 Fee
I.   Single caravan £90
II.   Single caravan on mixed site £120
III.  Small site (1-10 caravans) £230
IV.  Medium site (11-50 caravans) £370
V.   Large site (51+ caravans) £565
VI.   Vary conditions £150
VII.  Lodge rules £20
VIII.  Replace licence £10


In setting these fees Welsh Government guidance has been followed and only those actions associated with each function have been considered.

Eligibility

A site licence will not be issued to a person whom the local authority knows has held a site licence which has been revoked in the past three years.

The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 has introduced a fit and proper person test for the owner or manager of the site. At times it may be appropriate for the local authority to seek further information on whether a person has relevant convictions.

Legislation & Conditions

Applicants and licence holders must meet the requirements of The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.

Conditions from the Model Standards 2008 for Caravan Sites in Wales are attached to licences.

Further guidance

Information on the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 including pitch fees, selling and gifting a mobile home, site rules and qualifying residents associations can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Site Owners - British Holiday and Home Parks Association www.bhhpa.org.uk

Site Residents - National Association of Park Home Residents www.naphr.org

The Leasehold Advisory Service provides a service for both mobile home owners and site owners www.lease-advice.org

Enforcement

The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 also introduced new enforcement provisions, which are:

  • Fixed penalty notices for minor breaches of site licences.
  • Compliance notices.
  • Emergency action where the site owner refuses or is unable to take immediate action to protect the residents on site.

Report a problem

If you have any complaints or enquiries regarding a residential caravan site please contact us.

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