The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 stipulates that it is illegal to use land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the council. The exceptions to this include:
- A caravan sited within the boundary of a property and used together with that property. The caravan cannot be occupied separately.
- A single caravan sited for not more that two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
- Sites occupied by exempt organisations such as the Caravan and Camping Club or sites for up to five caravans certified by an exempt organisation and for use by their members only.
- A site for temporary or special purposes such as caravan rallies.
To apply for a licence you must complete a caravan site licence application form and provide a 1:500 scaled site plan showing the layout of roads, caravans and facilities.
Attached to each licence is a set of licence conditions. These stipulate the usage of the site, permitted number, density, water supply, sanitary provisions, electrical installations and fire precautions.
Licence Conditions (see Downloads section) do not cover issues that relate to the agreement between the site owner and the occupier/s.
The council does have powers to take action against site owners who harass or illegally evict site occupiers. These powers are part of the Caravan Sites Act 1968.
- The applicant must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site.
- Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.
Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960
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 the local authority.
There are no fees associated with this licence.
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 us within 21 days.
How to Apply
Or you can apply by downloading an application form via the Downloads section.
Failed Application Redress
You are advised to take up any issue with us in the first instance using the details below.
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 be served on West Lindsey District Council
Licence Holder Redress
You are advised to take up any issue with us in the first instance using the details below .
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.
West Lindsey 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. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on West Lindsey 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 a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Licensing registers are available to view, by prior arrangement, at the council offices.
West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard