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Campsite licence

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 will need a licence.

Conditions may be attached to a licence.

There are exceptions for organisations that hold camping exemption certificates.

  1. Eligibility criteria

    A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence can be found in the Camping Sites: Public Health Act 1936.

    There is no fee for this licence.

    You may require planning permission and building regulation approval for drainage and other facilities.

    You may also need to liase with the Environment Agency.

  2. Will tacit consent apply?

    Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted unless we 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.

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

  3. How to apply

    You can apply online for a campsite licence.

    If you need to change an existing campsite licence, complete our application form.

  4. Not happy with the outcome?

    Contact details

    Lead Specialist - Environmental Health
    South Somerset District Council
    Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT

    SSDC telephone: 01935 462462

    The Magistrates Court
    Petters Way
    Yeovil
    Somerset
    BA20 1SW

    Magistrates Court telephone: 01935 426281

    If your application fails

    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. 

    If you disagree with an altered condition

    We 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.

    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

    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.

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