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Caravan and Camping Site Licences

Licence Summary

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

Where caravans are used for human occupation the land must normally be licensed as a caravan site (subject to a few exceptions). Planning consent must first be obtained but if this has been granted the Local Authority cannot refuse to issue a site licence. If there are any planning restrictions associated with the site (such as limited opening times) these must be incorporated into the licence.

There is no fee for this licence but it will be issued subject to a set of site conditions. These are based on model conditions but will vary according to whether the site is used for permanent residential caravans, static holiday vans, touring vans or a single caravan on a site.

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.

A judgement also has to be made as to whether the applicant is a "fit and proper person" to hold a licence.

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

 
          Fee

There is no fee for a Caravan and Camping Site Licence.

 

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

 

Application Evaluation 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 Colchester Borough Council.

 
        Target
   Completion
        Period
90 calendar days. 

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 Colchester Borough Council by the end of the target completion period (given above).

 
     Application  
      Guidance 
         Notes
There are no specific guidance notes for completing the application other than the information given on this page and on the form. 

Apply Online

Apply to run a caravan site or camp site

Tell us about a change to your existing caravan or camp site

Apply to transfer a caravan and camping site licence

 
Apply via post or in person For a PDF version of the application form which can be downloaded, printed and completed, please click the link below:

pdf icon Caravan and Camping Site Licence Application Form [24kb]

Application forms are also available from the Colchester Library and Community Hub or by contacting us using the details below.

 

Failed Application Redress

You are advised to take up any issue with Colchester Borough Council first.

If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the refusal and a notice of appeal must also be served on Colchester Borough Council.

 

Licence
Holder
Redress

You are advised to take up any issue with Colchester Borough Council first.

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

Colchester Borough 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. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on Colchester Borough 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 a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,  Consumer rights - GOV.UK will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

 

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

 

Trade Associations

Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations (ACCEO)
British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH&HPA)
British Resorts and Destinations Association
Caravan Industry Training (CITO)
Federation of Tour Operators (FTO)
Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA)
Hotel Marketing Association 
National Caravan Council (NCC)

 
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