The Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence that has been issue by the local authority. This applies to park home sites, residential, holiday and touring caravan sites.

How to apply

Application for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land is situated. Applications should give details of the land the application concerns and any other information required by the council.  A site plan at 1:500 scale showing the layout of roads, caravans and facilities must accompany the application.

In order to be eligible to be issued a licence the applicant must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site. In addition licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

Please note: a caravan site licence cannot be issued without corresponding planning permission having first been obtained by the site owner.  

What information do I need before I apply?

The law covering caravans is contained in:

Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

  • This act covers the licensing of caravan sites and their safety, welfare and management conditions which need to be provided.

Caravan Sites Act 1968

  • This act deals with protection from eviction from residential sites and the maximum dimensions for caravans

The first two acts are enforced by the local authority but the Mobile Homes Act may involve County Court action by residents or site owners themselves to resolve any disputes.

The Mobile Homes Act 1983

  • This act covers the civil law between site owners and residents on 'protected sites'.  A protected site is one which has planning permission for permanent residential use and has been issued with a site licence

Public Health Act 1936

  • Under Section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936 ("the Act") a site licence is required if a person allows any land occupied by them to be used for camping (tents only) purposes on more than forty two consecutive days or more than sixty days in any twelve consecutive months.

Exemptions

There are some exemptions:

  • A caravan site with 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
  • 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 5 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 traveling salesmen
  • A site for tents only can be used for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months

Licence Conditions

Licences have conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • 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
  • Fire precautions and electrical installations

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No.  It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.

Failed Application Redress

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority first.

If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition they may 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 local district council.

Licence Holder Redress

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority first.

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may 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 local council.

The local district council may alter conditions at any time but must give licence holders the opportunity to make representations about the proposed changes. If the licence holder disagrees with the alterations they may appeal to the local Magistrates Court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on the local council.  

Are you a Caravan Site owner?

You should have a licence already but you should check that your name, the site name and address is correct and up to date. Also check that the licence corresponds with your planning permission. If not, contact us using the details below.

If you have recently became a caravan site occupier, licences are transferable to a new occupier but the law requires us to give consent for the transfer. 

Are you a potential site owner?

You or your legal advisor should check that all the land used for siting caravans has planning permission and that the details correspond with the site licence.  If you wish to change the use of the land to a permanent caravan site use you must have planning permission before a licence can be issued.

Copies of the Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 and other legislation mentioned can be purchased from OPSI

Contact

For more information, please contact Public Safety & Regulation, Communities Directorate, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. 

Email: psr@newcastle.gov.uk
Phone : 0191 2116102

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Page last updated: 
8 November 2017
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