The Mobile Homes Act 2013 covers residential park/mobile/caravan sites, those where occupiers live 12 months of the year.
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 has introduced measures to improve the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 which requires all park home sites to be licensed by the local council, and ensure effective management and maintenance of park home and caravan sites. The reformed licensing regime will provide local authorities with the ability to charge for granting licenses; have greater regard for the management of sites; assess all site rules and provide greater enforcement tools, in order to ensure that sites are managed and maintained in a satisfactory manner.
It only applies to ‘relevant protected sites’. In general terms this means that the new legislation only applies to sites which have planning permission for residential use all year round. Sites where this legislation does not apply will still be governed by the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
The new requirements include:
- Mandatory annual licensing of sites
- The mandatory requirement for site rules to be lodged or registered with the local council
Under the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2013, the Local Authority is required to keep an up to date register of park rules in respect of 'Relevant Protected Sites' and publish the up to date register online. Those sites that have lodged their Park Rules with East Devon District Council are listed below.
- The monitoring of these site rules and conditions including a new enforcement regime
- The setting up of the new licensing requirements for new relevant protected sites
- Setting up and implementing the new fee charges for licenses, lodging site rules and enforcement
- Assessment of changes, transfers and amendments to licenses