Caravan site licence
All residential caravan sites and non-residential caravan sites will need planning permission and a site licence. There is no fee for non-residential site licences.
The legislation applicable to this licence is Caravan sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
When you need a licence
Tented camp sites
All tented sites which operate for more than 42 consecutive days or for more than 60 days in total in any 12 consecutive months must be licensed by a local authority under Section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936. In addition planning permission is required for any site where tented camping occurs for more than 28 days per year.
Specified recreational organisations can obtain an exemption certificate from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which will allow them to camp on land without a site licence or planning permission. An exemption certificate is valid for 5 years and is issued subject to strict criteria. Relevant organisations are listed on the DEFRA website.
Permanent holiday caravan sites
Caravan sites with permanently sited caravans which are let to holiday makers are licensed by the council under Section 3 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. Such sites must have planning permission before they are issued with a licence.
Touring caravan sites
All touring caravan sites which operate for more than 42 consecutive days or for more than 60 days in total in any 12 consecutive months must be licensed by the council under Section 3 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. In addition planning permission is required for any site which is occupied for more than 28 days per year.
Permanent residential caravan sites (mobile home sites)
View more information and apply for a permanent residential caravan site (mobile home) licence.
Conditions of licence
A site licence sets out the standards for site layout, access, services and safety requirements. Licences are issued to campsites with the following standard conditions:
Certain sites may be exempt from these requirements if they are infrequently used or controlled by an exempted organisation such as the Caravan Club. See GOV.UK information on caravan site licences.
The site licence and its conditions must be prominently displayed at each site. Contact us if you require a copy of the site licence and conditions for a particular location.
Licences are renewable on change of site licence operator, operator address and number of pitches.
You are advised to contact us about any issue in the first instance.
If your application to alter a condition is refused, you can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the refusal and a notice of appeal must be served on the council.
Register of licensed camping and caravan sites
View the public register of licensed camping and caravan sites.