Huntingdonshire District Council

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Caravan Site Licences

 

Introduction

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 site licence can only be issued subject to possession of a valid planning permission.  Where a site requires licensing for caravans and camping, a combined application can be submitted but the latter aspect will be considered under the provisions of section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936.  Please follow the link on the right for more detailed information on camping site licensing. 

There are some exemptions to the above licensing requirements and these are set out in schedule 1 of the Act:

  • Incidental use within the curtilage of a dwelling.
  • A single caravan for not more than two nights and 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Holdings of five acres or more if not used for more than 28 days in any 12 months and a maximum of three  caravans at a time.
  • Sites occupied and supervised by exempted organisations.
  • Sites of up to five caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
  • Meetings organised by exempted organisations.
  • Sites occupied by a local authority. 
  • Sites for temporary and special purposes such as agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling showmen.
  • Gypsy sites occupied by county councils or regional councils.

It is important that licence applications are supported by a layout plan (to scale of no less than 1/500 if a paper copy is submitted) showing the boundaries of the site, the proposed positions of caravans, tentage, car parking, fire fighting arrangements, sanitary facilities, refuse arrangements, water supplies and access/egress arrangements.

Licences may have conditions attached in the interests of persons living in the caravans, or other classes of persons, or the public at large, as deemed necessary or desirable by the Council.  In forming licence conditions the Council will have regard to model standards issued by the Minister from time to time.  Please visit the Communities & Local Government website for further details via the link on the right hand side of the page.

The type of conditions that are likely to be attached to a caravan site licence may include:

  • Restrictions on the occasions the site can be used as a caravan site or the numbers of caravans that might be stationed there at any one time.
  • Access roads and footpaths.
  • Street lighting requirements.
  • Site notice boards.
  • The type of caravan, e.g. residential, static holiday or touring.
  • The permitted density (the number per acre/hectare) and the spacing between caravans.
  • Water supply and drainage; lavatory and washing facilities.
  • The provision of such other facilities as is deemed necessary or desirable.
  • Fire precautions* and electrical installations.

*Where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to the site, no condition can be imposed in relation to fire precautions.  The order requires the occupier to carry out a fire risk assessment.

To make a planning application please follow the link on the right hand side of the page.

If you already have planning permission and wish to apply for a new or amended caravan site licence you can do so as follows:

  • Contact Huntingdonshire District Council by letter, telephone or email via the link on the right hand side of the page.
  • Make an application for a new or amended caravan site licence online via the link on the right hand side of the page. 

There is no fee for a caravan site licence and applications will be accepted as duly made unless the Council requires further information.  Once a duly made application is received, arrangements will be made for an authorised officer to inspect your site.  If the site is found to be fit for purpose you will be provided with a list of the conditions we propose to attach to your licence and subject to your agreement the licence will be issued as soon as possible.  All licensed caravan sites will be inspected by authorised officers from the Council on the basis of risk assessment.

The Council must issue a site licence unless:

  1. there has not been a formal grant of planning permission; or
  2. the applicant has had a site licence revoked within the previous three years; or
  3. planning permission will expire within six months of the date of application.

If you disagree with any of the conditions attached to your site licence you have a right of appeal to the local Magistrates’ Court.

Detailed Information

Licence summary

To run a caravan site you may need a licence from the local authority and conditions may be attached to the licence.  There are exemptions from the licensing requirements and these are set out in the first schedule to the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.

Eligibility Criteria

A caravan site licence will not be issued where:

  1. there has not been a formal grant of planning permission for the site; or
  2. the applicant has had a site licence revoked within the previous three years; or
  3. planning permission will expire within six months of the date of application.

Regulation Summary

For a regulation summary please follow the link on the right hand side of the page.

Fees & Charges

There are no fees or charges for caravan site licences.

Application Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be considered when a duly made application is evaluated:

  • Does it provide all the information required to evaluate the application?
  • Does the application include a plan (to a scale of not less than 1/500 if submitted in paper format).

Tacit Consent

Tacit consent applies to applications for caravan site licences.  This means that you will be able to act as though your application has been granted unconditionally if you have not received your licence two months from confirmation by the Council of acceptance of a duly made application (six weeks if planning permission received after licensing application made).

Application Process

  • Contact Huntingdonshire District Council by letter, telephone or email via the link on the right hand side of the page.
  • Make an application for a caravan site licence online via the link on the right hand side of the page.

Redress

An appeal against a caravan site licence condition can be made to the local Magistrates’ Court.  If you require their contact details from the local authority please contact us by post, email or telephone via the link on the right hand side of the page.

Consumer Complaint

We advise that consumer complaints be referred to the trader in the first instance – preferably by letter (with proof of delivery).  If that has not worked and you are located in the United Kingdom, Consumer Direct via the link on the right hand side of the page will provide further advice. 

From outside the United Kingdom please contact the UK European Consumer Centre via the link on the right hand side of the page. 

For complaints about other issues such as noise pollution or one licence holder complaining about another, the Council will provide whatever guidance we are able to upon enquiry – please follow the link on the right hand side of the page.

Trade Associations

Please follow the links to trade associations on the right hand side of the page.

Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organsations (ACCEO)
British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA)
British Resorts and Destinations Association
Caravan Industry Training (CITO)
Federation of Tour Operators (FTO)
Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA)
Hotel Marketing Association
National Caravan Council (NCC)

 

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