Ryedale District Council

 

Caravan site licence

If you have land and you wish to use this for the positioning of static or touring caravans, you will require a caravan site licence.

A caravan is any structure, designed or adapted for human habitation, which is capable of being moved from one place to another (towed or transported), provided its dimensions, when assembled, do not exceed 20m in length, 6.8m wide and 3.05m in height.

No caravan site licence can be issued if either the land does not have planning permission for use as a caravan site, or the applicant has had a site licence revoked within the previous 3 years. Click here for further information on planning permission.

The occupier of the land must apply in writing to the council for a caravan site licence. No fee is payable for a holiday use only site.

 

You can apply for a new caravan site licence on line. It must be accompanied by a site plan at 1:2500 scale showing the layout of roads, caravans and facilities etc.

The Private Sector Housing team will not grant any caravan site licence for a longer occupancy period or in conflict with your planning permission.

The outcome of a complete application will be determined within two months by the licensing team. A tacit consent applies to this application and will come into effect two months after submission.

Fees do not apply to these applications.

Once your caravan site licence has been issued, you will have to comply at all times with the requirements below: 

Static caravan sites (PDF, 11 pages, 143kb)

Year round static sites (PDF, 11 pages, kb)

Tents camping sites (PDF, pages, kb)

Tents and touring caravan sites (PDF, pages, kb)

 

A licence can only be issued if the site has planning consent. An established use certificate does not give entitlement to a licence. The consent may limit the sites use to particular types of caravans e.g. self-propelled caravans where there is difficulty over access. In these cases the licence should contain the same restrictions.

A caravan site can include tents and on touring sites the licence normally allows a small tent alongside a caravan to be counted as a single unit. If the site does not have planning consent for caravans, a licence for tents can be granted under the provisions of the Public Health Act.

How long will it take to receive the licence?

Following receipt of the application form and any necessary attachments including the relevant fee, you can expect to hear from us within 60 days.

Tacit Consent applies: this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target period. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply online

Please apply to run a caravan or camp site using our online form.

It must be accompanied by a site plan at 1:2500 scale showing the layout of roads, caravans and facilities.

Fees

There are no fees for this licence.

Apply online to transfer a site licence.

 

Failed Application Appeal

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 Magistrate's Court. 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 district council.

Licence Holder Appeal

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 Magistrate's Court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

The 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 Magistrate's 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 the district council.

 

Camping Site

Licence Summary

If you allow your land to be used as a camping site by the public for more than 42 days consecutively - or 60 days in a year - you require a licence from the local authority.

Conditions may be attached to a licence.

There are exceptions for organisations that hold camping exemption certificates.

Residential sites (Park homes)

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 brought in provisions for site that have residential planning permission to be eligible to apply for a Mobile Home licence. The current policy and fees for such an application for the North Yorkshire are available here North Yorkshire Mobile Homes fees and charges policy 2014 (PDF, 8 pages, 258kb).

The Government 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.

Flamingoland residential park site rules May 2016 (PDF, 5 pages, 25kb)

 

You can apply to vary the following aspects of your caravan site licence to:

  • increase the occupancy period of your licence – this must be sent with relevant planning permission already in place
  • change the site layout of the caravan park – this must be sent with relevant planning permission already in place

Please email Planning for further advice.

  • transfer the ownership of the caravan site licence – this must be accompanied by the current licence-holder-signed consent to transfer.

Please email Housing Services for further advice.

To increase the occupancy period or number of caravans you would need to put your request in writing along with any relevant documents to the Planning Department.

Please note; the licensing team cannot issue any caravan site licence that does not fully reflect your planning permissions.

Once you have submitted all required documents and these have been checked, your site licence will be a reissued showing the change requested.

 

Every caravan site licence is issued in line with the planning permission for that site, meaning every site may have different occupancy periods for holiday use or if granted permission for residential use will be subject to a Mobile Home licence.

See below for a public register of all licensed caravan sites within Ryedale and their occupancy periods.

 

All caravan sites and campsites licensed by us are listed on the public register:

Caravan site register (PDF, 4 pages, 158kb)

 

Once a caravan site has been issued with a site licence, they have to adhere to licence conditions. For more information on these conditions please see above "How do I apply for a caravan site licence?".

The conditions relate to the health and safety of the site, therefore the site is regularly inspected by Council officers.

 

 

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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