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The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, prohibit the use of land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the local authority

It is recommended that you refer to this Act before making a licence application. Copies of the Act can be obtained from any of Her Majesty's Stationery Offices (HMSO). Alternatively, a copy of the Act can be viewed at all council offices. If you require further assistance to understand the requirements of the Act please contact us.

The owners obligations under this Act depend on your situation, as follows:

If you are a caravan site owner

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 checks that the licence corresponds with your planning permission. If not, you should send us the licence for re-issue.

If you want the Council to amend any of the conditions, you should contact us.

If you have recently become a caravan site owner

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

If you are a potential site owner

Before setting up a caravan site, the owner or legal adviser must apply to the local authority for   planning permission. You must then apply for a Caravan Site Licence. Details of the conditions which will be applied will be discussed with you before the licence is issued.

To apply for a Caravan Site Licence you must complete and sign an application form and return it to the council offices with the site plan.

Application forms can be downloaded from this website:

Application Form (PDF) OR Application Form (Word)

OR by contacting the Private Sector Licensing section 01623  457205.

On receipt of your form, we will process your application and a licence will be issued. All licences issued will have conditions attached which will include:

  • Type of caravan (e.g. residential, towing, static holiday).
  • Permitted density (the number of caravans per hectare).
  • Spacing between vans.
  • Water supply, drainage, washing and toilet facilities.
  • Fire precautions.
  • Gas and electrical safety.

(The above list is not exhaustive.)

Or

Online Application

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from Ashfield District Council within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply to run a caravan site or camp site

Tell us about a change to your existing caravan or camp site

Apply to transfer a caravan and camping site licence

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority first.

Failed Application Redress

If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition they may appeal to the local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, the Sheriff. 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.

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority first.

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court or, in Scotland, the Sheriff. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

Licence Holder Redress

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 or, in Scotland, the Sheriff. 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, Citizens Advice consumer service 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.

Trade Associations

Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations (ACCEO)

British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA)

Caravan Industry Training (CITO)

Federation of Tour Operators (FTO)

Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA)

Hotel Marketing Association

National Caravan Council (NCC)

Further details

If you would like further details please contact the Private Sector Licensing section.