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Residential caravan and park sites

Changes to the Mobile Homes Act

The Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 requires us to licence sites that have gained or are in the process of obtaining the required planning permission to operate as a recognised caravan, mobile home or park home site. These sites are commonly known as ‘relevant protected sites’.

The Government passed the Mobile Homes Act 2013 which is designed to give greater protection to occupiers of residential caravan and mobile homes.

Changes to the sale or gifting of park homes and site rules

Legislation introduced changes to the sale/gifting of park homes and amendments to existing implied terms relating to the annual pitch fee review procedure on parks. In addition to this it is intended that existing site rules will eventually be replaced with new site rules to be deposited with the Local Authority.

The site owner may set site rules on residential caravan sites. The Council does not enforce these rules, although some rules may be a duplicate of the site licence conditions. The site rules are part of the contract between the home owner and site owner, and supplement the Mobile Homes Act Agreement.

The Council is required to keep and publish a register of site rules. We will update this page when we are notified by site owners that rules are in force. The rules that appear below have been written by the site owners, and not Rutland County Council.

Changes to licensing and the introduction of licence fees

The Mobile Home Act 2013 introduced some important changes to park home site licensing. These changes include the ability for Local Authorities to charge site owners a fee for applying for a site licence, for amendments or transfers of existing licences, and for an annual fee for existing site licenses. Failure to pay the annual fee may eventually lead to the site licence being revoked.

View the mobile home park fees

View the park home fees policy

Caravan and/or campsite licence applications

Mandatory field

Apply for a caravan and/or camp site licence
Are you...
Please indicate your preferred contact method/s
Please fill in the below for a business applicant
Is your business registered in the UK with companies House?
Are you VAT registered?
Legal status
^This is an address required of you by law for receiving communications. ^ 
If you do not have a registered business address, please provide the address for your business that appears on the commercial register.
Please indicate whether your application is for a new licence or a transfer?
Please provide details about the location of the caravan/camp site.
Please provide details of the arrangements for the following listed facilities.
In what capacity do you occupy the premises?
Type of site for which licence is required (please select all that apply)
You have to submit a layout plan of the site, to a scale approved by the local authority, along with this application. 
This plan should show the boundaries of the site, the position of the caravan and/or tent pitches and all the facilities detailed (distinguishing between existing and proposed facilities).  Check for local guidance notes which may state additional requirements.

Does the site have planning permission?
Please note: A site licence cannot be issued until planning permission has been granted.
Have you, or any person named in or associated with this application, previously applied for a similar licence or registration? (select all that apply)
Please upload copy of planning permission or planning application with any conditions imposed

I am aware of the provisions of the caravan sites and control of Development Act 1960. The details contained in this application form and any attached documentation are correct to the best of my knowledge and belief
I declare that the information given on this form is correct and complete
I understand by submitting this application you (Rutland County Council) will use the information I have provided to process my application.
The information you provide on this form will be used by Rutland County Council for the purpose of licensing. 
If you have any questions concerning data protection, please visit our Data Protection web page and the Data Protection Act 1998 or you may email enquiries@rutland.gov.uk

Changes to the enforcement of site licence breaches

Local Authorities are able to serve compliance notices on site owners where site licence conditions are breached. These notices will set out what the site owner needs to do to correct the breaches and the timescales, and the notice will attract a fee. Failure to comply with the notice would be a criminal offence.

Further advice

Further information on the changes introduced by the Mobile Homes Act 2013 can be obtained from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website.
The Government has also extended the role of the Leaseholder Advisory Service, 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.