Caravan park and campsite licence

Licence summary

To run a caravan and camping site in Selby district you need a licence from Selby District Council. 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.

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.

Using land as a caravan site is prohibited unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the local authority. There are some exceptions which are listed below:

  • Where a caravan is sited with the curtilage of a dwelling and its use is incidental to the dwelling. This means it cannot be occupied separately.
  • A single caravan sited for not more than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Up to three caravans on a site of not less than five acres for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Sites occupied by exempted organisations such as the Caravan Club.
  • Sites of up to 5 caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
  • Sites occupied by the local authority. These are usually gypsy sites.
  • Sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen, and;
  • A site for tents only can be used for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.

Licence conditions

If you are a caravan site occupier, 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 check that the licence corresponds with your planning permission. If not, you should send us the licence for re-issue.

If you have recently become a caravan site occupier, 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 occupier, you or your legal advisor should check that all the land used for siting caravans has planning permission and that the details correspond with the site licence. If you wish to change the use of the land to a permanent caravan site use you must have planning permission before a licence can be issued.

We 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 within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on the local district council.

Residential mobile homes only

Recent leglislation has changed the rules around selling and gifting of park homes. There have also been changes relating to the rules for annual pitch fees and site rules. We charge a fee for all site licensing functions.We check licence conditions are met and carry out enforcement action where needed.   

The conditions cover many different issues to ensure that the welfare, health and safety of site residents are protected and to restrict the possibility of nuisance to adjacent land and property.

We would recommend that anyone thinking of purchasing or renting a Mobile Home (aka as a Park Home) as a permanent residence should seek legal advice on their rights and responsibilities.

Further information on the changes can be obtained from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The Government has also extended the role of the Leaseholder Advisory Service (LEASE) (Tel: 020 7383 9800) so that park home residents can contact them for help and advice. This will be particularly helpful for matters where the local authority does not have a role such as site rules, pitch fees or the selling/gifting of park homes.

Licence fees

We charge a fee for applying for a licence, any amendments or transers of existing licenses and an annual fee. If you don't pay, your licence may be revoked. We can serve compliance notices on site owners where site licence conditions are breached. The notices set out what the breach is, what works are required and timescale for completion.  Any notice will attract a fee.

Public Register of Deposited Site Rules.

Site rules are different to site licence conditions and are put into place by the owner of the site to ensure acceptable standards are maintained which will benefit the occupiers or will promote community cohesion on the site.

Disclaimer:

We accept no responsibility it there are errors or omissions regarding the site rules.

We do not endorse or approve these site rules.

We are not responsible for their content or enforcement. 

Deposited Site Rules

This is where we will add details of any site rules have have been lodged with us.

Application process

Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land situated. Applications must be in writing, should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority. There is no fee and a licence will usually be issued within two months of an application. Contact us for more information.

Please contact us if you havea not heard from us a reasonable time after an application. You can do this online if you applied through the GOV.UK website.

Apply online for a:

You can also download an application form - pdf

Complaints

Please contact your us first if you have a complaint about not being granted a licence, or any condition attached to a licence. You are also able to appeal to the local magistrates' court within 28 days of a licence being issued.

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made to us - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If this is insufficient, if you are located in the UK the GOV.UK website will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.