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If your site is a Holiday Park please use the link to view our Caravan Site Licences page
The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 requires the council to licence sites that have planning permission, or are in the process of acquiring, to operate as a caravan, mobile home or park home site. West Lindsey District Council attaches conditions to the licences of all caravan and park home sites, specifying the minimum standards that must be achieved and maintained by the site owner. In 2013, the Mobile Homes Act 2013 (MHA 2013) was introduced in phases to give greater protection to occupiers of residential caravan and mobile homes on “relevant protected sites” or residential sites.
Sections 1 - 8 introduced on 1 April 2014
Section 1 - gave local authorities the ability to introduce fees (both on application and an annual licence fee
Section 2 - gave local authorities discretion on whether to issue or transfer site licence
Section 3 - appeals to site licence conditions will go to the Residential Property Tribunal instead of the Magistrates Court
Section 4 - gave local authorities the ability to serve a compliance notice where there are one or more breaches of site licence conditions
Section 5 - gave local authorities the ability to carry out works where the licence holder has failed to do so, this includes the recovery of costs
Sections 6 & 7 - amend details in relation to appeals, operative periods, recovery of expenses and the Residential Tribunal
Section 8 of the Mobile Homes Act 2013 has not yet been implemented but states that a licence holder should be a “fit and proper person”. Further information regarding this section of the act will be published when it comes into effect.
Sections 9 - 12 introduced on 26 May 2013
Section 9 - makes site rules express terms of agreement
Section 10 - removes the requirement for the site owner to consent the sale or gift of a mobile home
Section 11 - changes the way in which a site owner can change pitch fees
Section 12 - amends the protection that occupiers of mobile homes have against eviction or harassment
Further information on the changes introduced by the Mobile Homes Act 2013 can be found on the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website
Site Rules and Site Licence Conditions
Site licence conditions are issued by us and cover various health & safety issues including spacing between caravans, electrical safety, etc. Compliance with these conditions form the basis of a caravan site inspection.
Site rules are put in place by the site owner to ensure acceptable standards are maintained, which will benefit occupiers of the park. This will normally form part of the legal agreement between site owner and resident.
The site rules and the site licence conditions can cover similar topics but the site rules will generally cover issues regarding the day-to-day running of a park.
All Site Rules received by West Lindsey District Council are required to be published under Regulation 16 of the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014. The Site Rules that are published to the Register as required by the previously mentioned Regulation are an exact copy as presented to West Lindsey District Council. The council accepts no responsibility if there are errors or omissions regarding the site rules.
The Caravan Site Act 1968 contains provisions for the protection of occupiers against eviction or harassment and is enforced by the council. If you think that the site owner is not looking after the park properly or is not providing adequate services, you should check what their duties are under the site licence. If there are three or more caravans on the site, the licence should be displayed in a prominent place. If it cannot be seen, you should ask the council to send a copy over to you.
If the licence does not cover the matter that you are concerned about, you can either talk to the site owner or tell us why you think the licence is inadequate.
All applications and fees for residential caravan and park sites should be submitted to the Housing and Communities Team who can be contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
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