Caravan sites

The licensing of caravan sites for static or touring caravans for use as a holiday accommodation.

You can apply for a caravan site licence online:

Apply online for a caravan site licence

Do I need a caravan site licence?

If you have land and you wish to use this for the positioning of static or touring caravans, you will require a caravan site licence.

A caravan is any structure, designed or adapted for human habitation, which is capable of being moved from one place to another (towed or transported), provided its dimensions, when assembled, do not exceed 20m in length, 6.8m wide and 3.05m in height.

No caravan site licence can be issued if either the land does not have planning permission for use as a caravan site, or the applicant has had a site licence revoked within the previous 3 years.

For more information on planning permission please visit the council Planning pages.

The occupier of the land must apply in writing to the council for a caravan site licence. No fee is payable for a holiday use only site.

The following are exempt from the requirement for a caravan site licence:

  • incidental use within the curtilage of a dwelling house
  • single caravan used by a person for not more than 2 nights and 28 days in 12 months
  • holdings of 5 acres or more, if not more than 28 days in 12 months, and a maximum of three caravans at any time
  • sites occupied and supervised by exempted organisation
  • sites approved by exempted organisations for up to five caravans
  • meetings organised by exempted organisations
  • agricultural and forestry workers
  • building and engineering sites
  • travelling showmen
  • sites operated and owned by a local council, county councils or regional councils.

Do I need a licence for a camping site with tents only?

If you have land that you wish to use as a camping site with tents only, you will require a licence under Public Health Act 1936 if the site is used for more than 42 days consecutively or 60 days in total in any consecutive 12 months.

We may grant or refuse a licence allowing use of a site. If you are granted a licence, conditions will be attached to ensure safety and a basic level of amenities. If you wish to apply for a licence, please email health.safety@eastriding.gov.uk to request an application form.

If the land is to be used for more than 28 days in total in any calendar year, you must also obtain planning permission.

Sites with planning permission for mixed accommodation provisions, including tents, will be licensed as a single site under the Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960. In this case, in reference to the required standards, tents will be treated as touring units.

How do I apply for a caravan site licence?

You can apply for a new caravan site licence using the online form below:

Apply online for a caravan site licence

Your application must be supported by a plan of site layout and the relevant planning permission notice of decision or appropriate reference.

We can only grant a licence that reflects the planning permission covering the site and the specified on the licence will be the occupancy period, number of units and layout shown on your planning permission notice of decision.

The outcome of a complete application will be determined within two months by the licensing team. A tacit consent applies to this application and will come into effect two months after submission.

Once your caravan site licence has been issued, you will have to comply at all times with the requirements below:

Caravan site licence conditions - Static caravan sites (word 321kb)

Caravan site licence conditions - Touring caravan sites (word 163kb)

How much does a caravan site licence cost?

There is no fee for the grant, change or reissue of a caravan site licence for holiday use only sites.

How do I apply to change a caravan site licence?

Transfer Applications

Apply online to transfer ownership of a caravan site licence:

Apply to transfer ownership of a caravan site licence

Your application must be supported by written consent of the current licence holder.

Variation Applications

You can apply to vary the following aspects of your caravan site licence to:

  • increase the occupancy period of your licence
  • change the site layout of the caravan park including the number of units.

To submit an application you should put the detail of what you wish to vary in an email health.safety@eastriding.gov.uk for further advice. Your application must be supported the relevant planning permission notice of decision or appropriate reference. And if you are amending the site layout you should include plan of site layout.

Can I live on a caravan site?

Every caravan site licence is issued in accordance with the planning permission for that site, meaning every site may have different occupancy periods for holiday use or if granted permission for residential use will be subject to the Mobile Homes Act 2013.

Our public register includes details of the occupancy period for each site.

Which sites are licensed?

A public register of all licensed caravan sites issued under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 can be viewed by selecting the below link.

Our public register is currently not available online, to request a copy please email health.safety@eastriding.gov.uk.

Who regulates and enforces caravan site licensing?

The Health, Safety and Licensing Service regulates caravan sites and any concerns can be reported by email to health.safety@eastriding.gov.uk.

It is a legal requirement to hold a licence where the site meets the definition of the caravan site under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. Any unlicensed caravan site can be reported and will be investigated.

It is a legal requirement for site licence holder and the site to comply at all times with the attached conditions (conditions attached above). Any breach or conditions or safety issues can be reported and will be investigated.

What are the requirements for sites with residential usage?

Caravan sites with any residential usage are covered by different legislation and are covered on the following page:

Legislation for caravan sites with any residential usage (external website)

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