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The Caravan Sites 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 caravan site includes anywhere a caravan (including mobile or 'park' home) is situated and occupied for human habitation including touring sites and single sites. Sites can be for permanent caravans (utilised as holiday caravans), touring caravans or permanent residential caravans.
If you wish to change the use of land to a permanent caravan site you must have planning permission before you apply for a licence.
To apply for a caravan site licence:
There is no fee for the licence.
Please note that a caravan licence can not be issued to a person who has had a site licence revoked within three years of the date of their current application.
A caravan site licence is not required for:-
The council has the discretion to withhold a licence and it may specify conditions on any licence that it does grant. These conditions will be tailored to the individual application. Site licence conditions are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of caravan occupants and include:
Once licensed, sites will be subject to routine inspections to ensure compliance with the conditions. All complaints will be investigated.
There is no time limit to the licence and it will expire when the planning permission expires. Any major changes to the site may affect the licence, so you must inform us when such changes occur.
Licences are transferable to a new occupier, with our consent. If you wish to transfer a licence please contact us on 01772 906907.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.