Caravan and Camping Site Licence


To run a mobile home, 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 to 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.

Apply to run a caravan site or camp site

or contact the Council's Private Sector Housing Team

They will send you the relevant forms and give you more information about applying for a licence. The applicant must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site.

Private Sector Housing Team,
Epping Forest District Council,
Civic Offices, High Street,
Epping,  Essex CM16 4BZ

Phone: 01992 564706

Email: privatesectorhousing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

For a summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence - go to the Business Link website.

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

No.  It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact them.  You can do this online or use the contact details above.

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority 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.

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority 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.

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, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

For example about noise or pollution, or should one licence holder complain about another. You can get advice from a trade association.

Trade Associations:

British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA)

British Destinations

Caravan Industry Training (CITO)

Federation of Tour Operators (FTO)

Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA)

Hotel Marketing Association

National Caravan Council (NCC)


 


Contact usContact us



Name:Private Sector Housing
Telephone: 01992 564348
Email: privatesectorhousing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Or you can write to us at:
Private Sector Housing (Technical) Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices, High Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ