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Caravan, Camping and Mobile Home Sites

Caravan, Camping and Mobile Home sites are required to be licensed. There are three main categories, which are;

  • residential sites;
  • holiday sites; and,
  • 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 100'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".

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 (whether by being towed, or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer) and any motor vehicle so designed or adapted".

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Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Winchester City Council will only use your personal data to process your application and for contacting you regarding the management of the site and the site licence conditions. For this purpose, we may disclose or share the information provided within the Council, with other local authorities, and with other relevant agencies.

Please be aware that your name and address will appear in the Mobile Home Parks Public Register and the Residential Mobile Home Park Address and Ownership Details. They also appear in some of the rules for individual sites at

With effect from 1st July 2021, and on approval of your application, your name, business details (address / phone number / email) will appear in the Fit and Proper Person Register. This is in accordance with the Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020. The register will be published online and made available for inspection at the council offices.

For more information about how Winchester City Council uses your personal data please see our web site:

The online application for inclusion in the Fit and Proper Person Register and the Caravan Licence form and Renewal form are hosted by external providers and you will leave the Winchester City Council web site in order to complete and submit them.


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