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Caravan Sites

There are approximately 34,000 caravans in the District, the highest concentration in Europe. A number of sites are exempt from licensing by the Local Authority however approximately 300 sites are licensed by the Enforcement Section.

Other associated work includes:

  1. Investigating complaints about caravan sites.
  2. Planning issues.
  3. Authorisation to extend or modify residential units.
  4. Enforcing Site Licence conditions.

These factors have a direct impact on the environment for residents, visitors and businesses in the area.

Caravan Site Licensing

If you wish to use an area of land as a caravan site you must obtain a Site Licence under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. The Site Licence is issued by the Enforcement section. A site licensed by the Local Authority will require planning permission.

There are some exemptions from the requirement of licensing, outlined below:

  • A caravan sited within the curtilage of a dwelling and its use is incidental to the dwelling. This means it cannot be occupied separately.
  • A single caravan sited for not more than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Up to three caravans on a site of not less than five acres for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Sites occupied by exempted organisations such as the Caravan Club.
  • Sites of up to five caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
  • Sites occupied by the local authority. 
  • Sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen.

A site for tents only can be used for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.

Licences have a number of conditions that are dependant on the type of site e.g. touring caravan parks, residential parks or seasonal holiday home parks.

Regular inspections are made by the Enforcement section to ensure compliance with the Site Licence conditions.

Licences are transferable to a new occupier but the law requires the local authority to give consent for the transfer. The occupier should send the Licence with a request for transfer and the Local Authority will either endorse or re-issue it.

New Site Licence Conditions

Brand new sites licenced after April 2014 will be inspected under new conditions. Sites licenced prior to April 2014 will continue to be inspected under their current conditions. If you would like your site to be inspected under the new conditions please contact us.

If you wish to speak to a member of the Licensing (Caravans and Scrap Metal) team please get in touch using the details below.

Contact Us
For any caravan queries you can contact the team by emailing

Caravan Park Watch
The Caravan Park Watch group was set up in 2014 to tackle caravan related crime across our area. We are proudly supporting this initiative.
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 was introduced on 26th May 2013. The act has been brought into use in phases, which are designed to give greater protection to occupiers of residential mobile homes and enables local authorities to provide more effective enforcement action where required.