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Touring caravan sites

Information about how to apply for a touring caravan site licence

How to apply

Under the Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960, you're not allowed to use land you own as a caravan site, unless you hold a site licence issued by us.

A touring caravan site is one on which you pay to park your touring caravan or motor home for a temporary period. 

Please complete our application form. Your application must be accompanied by a site plan at 1:500 scale showing the layout of roads, caravans and facilities.

Please note, there is no fee for a licence, but we cannot issue a licence without corresponding planning permission. Please contact the planning reception on 01553 616200 to discuss whether you require planning permission. An application will require a planning discussion notice along with a site plan and current fire risk assessment. 

Apply for a touring caravan site licence

If you're unable to apply via GOV.UK, you can download our paper form.


There are some exceptions where a licence is not required, they are:

  • sites occupied by exempted organisations such as the Caravan Club.
  • sites occupied by the local authority (these are usually gypsy and traveller sites)
  • sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen.
  • sites occupied by moveable dwellings (including tents) may be used up to a maximum of 42 consecutive days and not more than a total of 60 days in any period of 12 months.

Licence conditions

You licence will have conditions attached to it that looks at things such as spacing, water supply, drainage, and fire precautions. For more information please see our touring caravans conditions document at the bottom of the page.

Copies of the Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960, and other legislation, can be downloaded from the webpage.

Further information

For further information please contact us, our contact details are below.