To run a caravan and camping site you need a licence from us. Conditions may be attached to a licence to cover any of the following:
- when caravans can be on the site or restricting the number of caravans;
- controlling the types of caravans on the site;
- controlling the positioning of the caravans or regulating the use of other structures and vehicles including tents;
- enhancement of the land including planting/replanting bushes and trees;
- fire safety measures;
- sanitary services, facilities and equipment.
Camping site licences are only needed if you allow your land to be used by the public for camping on more than 42 days consecutively or for 60 days in a year.
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.
Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land is situated. Applications must be in writing, should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority. A copy of our application form is available to download from this page if you would prefer to print the form out and return it in the post.
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Will tacit consent apply?
Yes. This means 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 48 day target completion period
Failed application redress
Please contact us in the first instance. 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
Please contact us on 0113 247 7594 in the first instance. 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 licence being issued.
We may alter conditions at any time but must give the licence holder 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. 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.
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, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.