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Park home licence fees policy consultation

A new policy is needed to standardise how park home licence fees are calculated across Dorset. It will replace the policies of the county’s former district and borough councils, which each set their fees differently.   

We need to find out how the policy might impact site owners and park home residents and make sure it is fair. 

On this page:

How licence fees will be affected

There are currently 4 different ways in which annual fees are calculated, depending on which method the old district and borough councils used previously. Some site owners may pass on a proportion of this fee (depending on the number of homes on your site).

It is proposed that sites will be grouped into the following bands according to the number of homes on each site:

Site bands
Band

1

2

3

4

5

Number of Homes

0-10

11-35

36-70

71-105

Greater than 105

This table can help you understand how the licence fee for a particular site could be affected:

How each site could be affected
Park nameCurrent fee 2019BandNew feeDifference

Ashley Wood Park Homes

£342.00

3

£274.46

-£67.54

Blackmore Vale Caravan Park

£123.50

2

£194.14

£70.64

Broadcroft Gardens Mobile Park

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

Brookside Caravan Park

£148.00

2

£194.14

£46.14

Cauldron Barn Farm, Residential Park

£700.00

4

£332.43

-£367.57

Cerne Villa Mobile Home Park

£175.00

3

£274.46

£99.46

Deers Court, 3 Legged Cross

£364.00

3

£274.46

-£89.54

Dewlands Park

£228.00

4

£332.43

£104.43

Gladelands Residential Mobile Home Park

£268.00

4

£332.43

£64.43

Glen Caravan Park

£39.00

1

£121.11

£82.11

Hardy Country Park

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

Handborough Park

£175.00

3

£274.46

£99.46

Handley Park

£148.00

2

£194.14

£46.14

Hillbury Residential Home Park

£228.00

4

£332.43

£104.43

Hoburne Park

£476.00

3

£274.46

-£201.54

Holton Heath Park

£427.00

3

£274.46

-£152.54

Knoll Residential Park

£154.00

2

£194.14

£40.14

Lady Bailey Caravan Park

£902.50

4

£332.42

-£570.08

Little Paddock, Matchams Lane

£268.00

4

£332.43

£64.43

Lone Pine Park

£268.00

4

£332.43

£64.43

Lookout Holiday Park

£371.00

3

£274.46

-£96.54

Meadens

£38.00

1

£121.11

£83.11

Montevedeo Park

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

Oaklands Park

£210.00

4

£332.43

£122.43

Oaktree Farm Mobile Home Park

£428.00

5

£445.73

£17.73

Organford Manor Country Park

£840.00

5

£445.73

-£394.27

Pinehurst Park Homes Limited

£348.00

5

£445.73

£97.73

Purbeck View Residential Park

£224.00

2

£194.14

-£29.86

Quarr Lane Park

£210.00

4

£332.43

£122.43

Railway Triangle Park Homes

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

Rest A While Caravan Park

£148.00

2

£194.14

£46.14

Rowlands Caravan Park

£175.00

3

£274.46

£99.46

Sandford Holiday Park

£42.00

1

£121.11

£79.11

Silver Mist Park

£148.00

2

£194.14

£46.14

Silent Woman Park

£350.00

3

£274.46

-£75.54

Slepe Mobile Home Park

£189.00

2

£194.14

£5.14

St Leonards Farm Park

£268.00

4

£332.43

£64.43

Sunest Caravan Park

£148.00

2

£194.14

£46.14

Sunnyside Caravan Park

£188.00

3

£274.46

£86.46

Swanbridge Mobile Home Park 

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

Upton Cross Residential Park

£406.00

3

£274.46

-£131.54

Upton Glen Caravan Park

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

Weston Mobile Home Park

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

White Horse Park

£140.00

2

£194.14

£54.14

 

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Submit your comments on the park home fees draft policy. The consultation runs from 1 February to 21 March 2021.

Park home licence fees draft policy

1. Park home fees policy summary

1.1 Introduction

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 amended the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 to allow fees to be charged on park home sites (also known as “Relevant Protected Sites”). This policy sets out those fees showing how they are calculated and how they will be reviewed in the future. Table 1 below is a summary of the fees the council will charge from the date of adoption of this policy. The fees were calculated with reference to The Mobile Homes Act 2013 – a Guide for Local Authorities on Setting Licence Fees.

Table 1: Summary of the fees charged on relevant protected sites in Dorset
Summary of fees on protected sites in Dorset
New park home licence

£753 per licence

Band 1 (1-10)

£122 annual licence fee per site

Band 2 (11- 35)

£194 annual licence fee per site

Band 3 (36-71)

£274 annual licence fee per site

Band 4 (71 – 106)

£332 annual licence fee per site

Band 5 (107 - 142)

£446 annual licence fee per site

Sites larger than 142

Thereafter additional £114 per multiple of 35 units

Minor amendment of a licence

£45

Major amendment of a licence (Including change of ownership, change conditions or site layout)

£156

Deposit of site rules  

£50 per set of rules

1.2 Exemptions to this policy

Sites exempted from this policy are those that are;

  • for holiday use only
  • are only allowed to have caravans stationed on them at certain times of the year
  • not “relevant protected sites”

1.3 Enforcement fees

Enforcement fees are not included in this policy. The council may reasonably charge for the costs incurred in carrying out enforcement on Relevant Protected Sites, such as the service of compliance notices. These costs and how they will be administered are set out in the Dorset Council Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy.

2. About the policy

2.1 Setting fees

The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 introduced a licensing system for park home sites. The Mobile Homes Act 2013 amended this legislation and allowed councils to charge fees for certain activities including:

  • Applying for a new site licence
  • Transferring an existing licence
  • Revising site licence conditions
  • Annual licence fee
  • Depositing site rules

Site owners may recover the cost of annual fees through an increase in pitch fees if they choose to do so.

2.2 Publishing a policy and how the fees are calculated

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 requires Dorset Council to publish a policy for these fees and show how they were reasonably calculated. Appendix 1 in this this policy shows how the fees were calculated on a cost recovery basis. The relevant considerations include; administering applications, issuing licences, carrying out annual inspections, stationery costs, postage, and time spent consulting with other organisations, legal advice, licensing software and travel costs.

2.3 Review of fees

Fees will be amended annually in line with other council fees to take into account inflation. The policy and the fees contained within it will be reviewed on a three year basis with adjustments made up or down accordingly if a deficit or surplus has been accrued.

2.4 Enforcement activities not included

The council may from time to time take enforcement action to remedy breaches of site licence conditions. Charging rates and the considerations taken into account do not form part of this policy.

2.5 Site rules

Site rules are an agreed set of rules for a specific site and are made between the site owner and the residents of a park. Site rules are not the same as site licence conditions and not all sites have adopted a set of site rules. Properly agreed site rules may be deposited with Dorset Council and are made available to view upon request. A fee for depositing site rules is set out in this policy.

2.6 Fit and proper person

Regulations regarding a register of fit and proper persons for managing relevant protected sites has yet to be published by government and will therefore be added to this policy as an addendum if and when they are enacted.

3. Fees

3.1 New site licence fee

The council will charge a fee of £753 in respect to a new application for a Relevant Protected Site licence. See Appendix 1 for cost calculations.

3.2 Annual licence fees

The council will charge an annual licence fee based on the banding of sites in Dorset into five categories. The band range is shown in Table 2.

Table 2: Banding of sites
Banding of sites
Number of mobile homesBand

1-10

Band 1

11- 35

Band 2

36-71

Band 3

71 – 106

Band 4

107 - 142

Band 5

Sites greater than 142 homes

Thereafter any sites larger than 142 will pay an additional amount per multiple of 35 homes

Fees are calculated using the template shown in Appendix 1 and relate to the time taken to perform various steps in issuing the annual licence. As sites increase in size the average time taken to administer the annual site licence increases. Thus banding site fees is a fairer way of attributing the cost incurred by the council. The cost of an annual licence for each band is shown in Table 3.

Table 3: Annual site licence fee
Annual site licence fee
BandCost of licence

Band 1 (1-10)

£122

Band 2 (11- 35)

£194

Band 3 (36-71)

£274

Band 4 (71 – 106)

£332

Band 5 (107 - 142)

£446

Sites larger than 142

Additional £114 per multiple of 35 units

Total fees are rounded to the nearest pound.

3.4 Charging of annual site licence fees

The council intends to invoice each Relevant Protected Site in August of each year. The amount payable will cover the Annual Licence Fee for the calendar year the invoice was raised in. 

3.3 Transfer or amendment of a licence

The council will charge two fees to amend a licence.

  • A minor amendment fee of £45 will be charged where the amendment is trivial, has no material effect to the licence and does not require an officer to visit the site.
  • A major amendment fee of £156 will be charged if the work required to carry out the amendment takes significantly longer to complete. This would include for example a change of ownership request, site boundary change or request to amended conditions. See Appendix 1 for cost calculations.

3.4 Deposit of site rules

Councils are required to deposit site rules that have been properly adopted by relevant protected sites using the prescribed process. Copies of individual deposited site rules will be provided by the council upon request. The council will charge a fee of £50 to deposit a set of site rules.

Appendix 1: Calculation of fees

All fees are rounded to the nearest pound.

A new site licence

New site licence fees
 OfficerTime (minutes) Cost

Housing Technical Support Officer - Administration

120

£45 

Team Leader/Senior EHO

1110

£708

Total

 N/A

£753

The factors that have been taken into account in calculating on average a new site licence fee are as follows:

  • handling the initial enquiry
  • letter writing
  • administration
  • site visits
  • legal advice
  • travel
  • drafting licence
  • mediation with site owner

The annual licence fee

The factors that have been taken into account in calculating the average annual site licence fee for each band are as follows:

The annual licence fee
BandBand 1Band 2Band 3Band 4Band 5
Size of site

1-10

11-35

36-71

72-106

107-142

Total administration + site inspection

£115

£175

£245

£294

£395

Total management oversight

£6

£19

£29

£38

£51

Total cost

£122

£194

£274

£332

£445

The factors that have been considered in calculating (an average) for an annual site licence fees are as follows:

  • letter writing
  • administration
  • site visits
  • travel
  • mediation with site owner

Amendments to licences

The factors that have been considered in calculating (an average) for amending a site licence are as follows:

  • letter writing
  • administration
  • site visits
  • travel
  • mediation with site owner
Minor amendment
Minor amendment
Calculation of minor amendment feeTime (minutes)Total

Housing Technical Support Officer

96

£35

Team Leader/ Senior EHO

15

£10

Total

N/A

£45

Major amendment
Major amendment
Calculation of major amendment feeTime (minutes)Total

Housing Technical Support Officer

320

£118

Team Leader/ Senior EHO

60

£38

Total

N/A

£156

Deposit of site rules
Deposit of site rules
Calculation of major amendment feeTime (minutes)Total

Housing Technical Support Officer

108

£40

Team Leader/ Senior EHO

15

£10

Total

N/A

£50

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