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Licence summary

To run a caravan or camping site you need a licence from the local authority.

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

  • 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

Where to find help

Apply online

You can apply for or apply to change a caravan and camping site licence on the Gov.UK website.

General enquiries

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site. Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land situated. They should be in writing and should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority.

When a person with a site licence ceases to be the occupier of the land (e.g. on sale) the licence may be transferred to the new occupier subject to the prior consent of the local authority (Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (s.10 (1) Transfer of site licences, and transmission on death, etc.) Application must be in writing (application forms are available) and will only be considered if accompanied by the correct fee and on payment of any outstanding associated site fees.

The licence holder remains the licence holder until the licence is transferred (or revoked by a court or tribunal) and is responsible for any breaches under the licence.

Will tacit consent apply

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by the Team within 14 days of receipt of your application and subject to the site having the appropriate planning approval in place we would normally expect to let you know our decision on your application within 30 days of receipt.

Failed application redress

You are advised to take up any issue with Cheshire West and Chester Council first. 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.

Licence holder redress

You are advised to take up any issue with Cheshire West and Chester Council 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.

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 of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, further information about making a complaint, can be found on the Information for Consumers page of this website. 

Public register or database

The register of sites may be viewed by making an appointment through the office as detailed above

Mobile Homes Act 2013

The new Mobile Homes Act 2013 came into force on 26 March 2013, the Act brings many changes but in particular local authorities have been given the power to charge a licence fee in relation to licensing 'relevant protected sites' (RPS) from 1 April 2014, the term RPS includes permanent residential park home and gypsy and traveller sites. The Act allows for recovery of costs incurred by the Local Authority in operating the licensing scheme under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and subsequent legislation.  The following links and documents relate to the Council’s fees and charges and are consistent with the Council’s stated position to ensure full cost recovery and are in line with Council policies. 
 
The Act requires that in setting an annual fee they council must inform the licence holder of matters to which they have regard when fixing the fee for the year in question, including in particular the extent to which they have taken account of deficits or surpluses from previous years. A fees policy must be prepared and published, the Local Authority can grant exemptions and set different fees if it so chooses.  The officer decision notice meets the requirements of the required fees statement.

Fees 2017/2018

  • Initial site application: £405
  • Licence transfer: £204
  • Deposit of site rules: £59

Residential caravan site rules

Cheshire West and Chester site licence conditions

Trade associations

Further information

Information is available from Cheshire Fire and Rescue to help with fire risk assessment.

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