Caravan and mobile homes site licence

Details of the licensing and inspection of residential and touring caravan and mobile home sites.

Licence summary

To run a caravan site legally you need a licence from the local authority. See How to apply.

Conditions may be attached to a licence to cover any of the following:

  • restricting the number of caravans that can be on the site at any one time
  • restricting when caravans can be on the site for human habitation
  • controlling the types of caravans on the site
  • controlling the positioning of the caravans or regulating the use of other structures and vehicles
  • fire safety and fire fighting controls
  • to ensure that sanitary and other facilities, services and equipment are supplied and maintained

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.

Different types of sites will have different sets of conditions. Conditions will cover fire precautions, water supplies, electricity and drainage connections. These two documents : draft conditions - permanent residential site and draft conditions - single caravan show you the types of condition being currently attached to these licences.

Touring and camping sites will also require amenity blocks. The document draft conditions shows this.

Regulation summary

Caravan and Camping Sites: Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application evaluation process

There is no fee.

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.

For new mobile home sites you must gain planning permission before you can apply for a site licence, for more information on this please see our Planning pages. Once you have planning permission you may apply for a site licence.

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 caravan site licence

Alternatively you can apply by completing the following:

Conditions:

Different types of sites will have different sets of conditions. Conditions will cover fire precautions, water supplies, electricity and drainage connections.

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

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


Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact us online

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.

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 Service
South Somerset District Council
Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT


Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact us online

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 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. 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.

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, the Citizen Advice Consumer Service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

If you live in a caravan/mobile home and feel that site conditions are poor you should check the conditions on the site licence, which are required to be available on site for inspection. If any of the conditions are not being complied with or you can't get to see them, then contact the Housing Standards team for advice.

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)

Public Register

View a list of Public Registers

View a list of licensed mobile home sites in South Somerset.

Site Rules for Licensed Park Home Sites

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