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Caravan and camping sites

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 issued by the local authority. This applies to park home sites, residential, holiday and touring caravan sites.

The law covering caravans is contained in:

Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

•This act covers the licensing of caravan sites and the 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 Mobile Homes Act 2013

•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 (normally by Environmental Health)

List of Caravan Sites Licensed by Boston Borough Council

pdf icon List of Licensed Caravan Sites [20kb]

Eligibility criteria

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

Applying for a licence

Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land is situated. Applications must be in writing and should give details of the land the application concerns and any other information required. 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.

Exemptions

There are some exceptions:

•A caravan sited 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 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 5 caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
•Sites occupied by the local authority. These are usually traveller sites.
•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.

Application evaluation process

Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land situated. Applications must be in writing, should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply Online

Apply for a caravan site licence

Apply to change a caravan site licence

Apply to transfer a caravan site licence

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 or, in Scotland, the Sheriff. 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 or, in Scotland, the Sheriff. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

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 a licence holder disagrees with the alterations they may appeal to the local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, the Sheriff. 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 district council.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,  Adviceguide, self help from Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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.

To download a full set of conditions select on one of the following:

•Single Residential Sitepdf icon Single Van-SpecimenCopy [97kb]

•Multiple Residential Sitepdf icon Residential-SpecimenCopy [134kb]

•Holiday Sitepdf icon Static Holiday-SpecimenCopy [142kb]

•Touring Sitepdf icon Touring-SpecimenCopy [127kb]

Please Note:- the above mentioned site conditions may be tailored to suit the needs of individual sites and must therefore be regarded as general guidance.

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 become a caravan site owner, licences are transferable to a new owner but the law requires us to give consent for the transfer. You should complete an application form with a letter requesting for 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.

Related documents

Size Name
[134kb] Residential-SpecimenCopy Residential caravan site conditions
[97kb] Single Van-SpecimenCopy Single van site conditions
[142kb] Static Holiday-SpecimenCopy Static holiday caravan site conditions
[127kb] Touring-SpecimenCopy Touring caravan site conditions
[20kb] List of Licensed Caravan Sites List of Licensed Caravan Sites in the Borough of Boston

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.