Caravan, Camping and Mobile Home sites are required to be licensed. There are three main categories, which are;
- residential sites
- holiday sites
- tent and tourer sites
A site can range from a single caravan, tent or tourer on a small plot of land to large sites comprising of 10's of units.
The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 ("the Act") requires that (subject to certain exemptions) no occupier of land shall "cause or permit" any part of their land to be used as a caravan and/or camping site unless they hold a current site licence ("the licence") in respect of the land.
Section 1 (4) of the Act states a caravan site is "land on which a caravan is stationed for the purposes of human habitation and land which is used in conjunction with land on which a caravan is so stationed".
- Caravan Site Licence The Caravan 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 site licence can only be issued subject to a valid planning permission.
- Definition of a caravan Section 29 (1) of the Act defines caravan as "any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another
- Exemptions from having to obtain a camping or caravan site licence Under Section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936 a licence is not required if a person allows any land occupied by them to be used for camping (tents only) purposes on no more than 42 consecutive days or no more than 60 days in any 12 consecutive months.
- Mobile Homes Act 2013 The Mobile Homes Act 2013 came into effect in April 2014
- Application process Where the applicant already possesses the correct planning permission upon application for a licence, then the local authority must issue the licence within two months of the application submission date.
- Mobile Homes Act 2013 change in legislation - 'Relevant Protected Sites' The Mobile Homes Act (The 'act') received Royal Assent on the 26 March 2013
- Fees for 'Relevant Protected Sites' The Mobile Homes Act 2013, now allows for Local Authorities to charge fees for their licensing functions in respect of those residential sites that qualify as 'Relevant Protected Sites'.
- Park Rules for 'Relevant Protected Sites' Section 9 of the Mobile Homes Act 2013 has made amendments to the Mobile Homes Act 1983, requiring 'Relevant Protected Sites' with site rules to consult with residents and then deposit them with the relevant Local Authority. The purpose of this is...