Campsite licence

Details on how to apply for a camping site licence.

Licence summary

If you allow your land to be used as a camping site by the public for more than 42 days consecutively - or 60 days in a year - you require a licence from your local authority.

Conditions may be attached to a licence.

There are exceptions for organisations that hold camping exemption certificates

Eligibility criteria

No provision in the legislation

Regulation summary

Camping Sites: Public Health Act 1936

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application evaluation process

There is no fee.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted unless the local authority give notice that the application is refused or conditions are attached by the end of the target completion period, which is 30 days after receipt of a valid application.

If you are submitting this application by post tacit consent will only apply when the business can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or recognised courier.

Timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full.

How to apply

You can apply online.

Apply online for a campsite licence

Alternatively you can apply by completing the following:

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Principal Housing Standards Officer
Housing Standards
South Somerset District Council
Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

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Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 month's of receiving written notice of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Principal Housing Standards Officer
Housing Standards
South Somerset District Council
Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

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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.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

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, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another. Please contact in the first instance:

The Principal Environmental Protection Officer
Environmental Protection
South Somerset District Council
Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

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Trade associations

Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations
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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