Caravan site registration

The Caravan 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.

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 five caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
  • sites occupied by the local authority. These are usually gypsy sites.
  • sites for temporary and special purposes. Caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites, for example.
  • a site for tents only can be used for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.

Apply online

You can now apply online, please use the following link:

Application for a Caravan Site

Transfer a Caravan Site

Licences have conditions which include: 

  • 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. 

If you are a caravan site occupier 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, you should send us the licence for re-issue. 

Licences are transferable to a new occupier but the law requires the Local Authority to give consent for the transfer. You should send in the licence with a request for transfer and the Council will either endorse or re-issue it. 

If you are a potential site occupier, 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.

Applying for a licence

An application must be completed and accompanied by a site plan at 1:500 scale showing the layout of roads, caravans and facilities.

A site visit will be arranged by the local authority. The outcome of an application will be determined within 14 days following all consultation being completed.

Once a registration is in place it remains valid until such time that it is surrendered or alterations to the site deem it to be no longer valid. Registration is free.

For further information, please contact us:


tel: 01302 737590


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Last updated: 10 July 2019 13:15:40