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Licensing - caravan and camping site

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

 

Licence summary
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. Evidence of planning permission for this must be provided.
Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.
Regulation summary
Application evaluation
Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land is situated. Applications must be in writing, and should detail the land the application concerns.
We will aim to have determined your application within 60 days of a completed application being submitted.  
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 the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 60 days.
Apply online
You must fully complete the application form and make payment of the licence fee before submission to the Licensing Team or the application will be deemed improperly made and returned to you.
Complaint or appeal
In the first instance please contact the Trading Standards & Licensing Manager Mark Pullin on 01454 863489 or email licensing@southglos.gov.uk
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.
Licence holder redress
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  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 within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on the local district 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 Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Other complaint or concern
Please contact licensing@southglos.gov.uk or phone 01454 868001 for advice.
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