Applications for caravan site licences are made to our private sector housing, following planning permission being granted.

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

Licence summary

  • Restricting when caravans can be on the site for human habitation or restricting the number of caravans that can be on the site at any one time
  • Controlling the types of caravans on the site
  • Controlling the positioning of the caravans or regulating the use of other structures and vehicles including tents
  • To ensure steps are taken enhance the land, including planting/replanting bushes and trees
  • Fire safety and fire fighting controls
  • To ensure that sanitary and other facilities, services and equipment are supplied and maintained

Eligibility criteria

You must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site.

Licences will not be issued if you have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

Application evaluation process

Applications must be in writing or via the online form, and should detail the land the application concerns including a site plan at 1:500 scale and any other information as detailed in the application form.

We must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact us. We normally issue a licence within two months of receiving the application.


If you have been refused a licence you may appeal to a local magistrates court.

You may appeal against a condition attached to a licence to a local magistrates court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

We may alter conditions at any time but we must give the licence holders the opportunity to make representations about the proposed changes. If the 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 us.

Trade associations

British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA), British Resorts and Destinations Association, Caravan Industry Training (CITO) and National Caravan Council (NCC) may provide useful information.