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Caravan Site Licensing

Caravan Site Licensing

There are over 50 licensed caravan sites in the South Holland District. 

If you wish to use an area of land as a caravan site you must obtain a Site Licence under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. The Site Licence is issued by the Private Sector Housing Team.  A site licensed by the Local Authority will require planning permission.

There are some exemptions from the requirement of licensing, outlined below:

  • A caravan sited within the curtilage of a dwelling and its use is incidental to the dwelling. This means it cannot be occupied separately.
  • A single caravan sited for not more than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Up to three caravans on a site of not less than five acres for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Sites occupied by exempted organisations such as the Caravan Club.
  • Sites of up to five caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
  • Sites occupied by the local authority. 
  • Sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen.

Licences have a number of conditions that are dependant on the type of site eg touring caravan parks, residential parks or seasonal holiday home parks.

Regular inspections are made by the Private Sector Housing Team to ensure compliance with the Site Licence Conditions.

Apply for a site licence

You can print the licence application form here  SHDC Application for a Caravan Site Licence (PDF) [151KB] (opens new window)


Transfer of a licence

Licences are transferable to a new occupier provided the Local Authority gives consent. The occupier should send the original licence with a request for transfer and the Local Authority will either endorse or re-issue it. 

You can print the transfer licence application form here  SHDC Application to Transfer a Caravan Site Licence (PDF) [145KB] (opens new window)


Other associated work by Private Sector Housing Officers includes:

  • Investigating complaints, relevant to the licence, about caravan sites 
  • Enforcing Site Licence conditions
  • Inspections

Brand new sites licensed after April 2014 will be inspected under new conditions. Sites licensed prior to April 2014 will continue to be inspected under their current conditions. If you would like your site to be inspected under the new conditions please contact us.


Relevant Protected Sites

The council may 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 'protected sites'.  They must comply with the Model Standards 2008 for Caravan Sites in England.  We are required under the Mobile Homes 1983 (as amended by the Mobile Homes Act 2013) to keep and publish an up-to-date public register of licensed Relevant Protected Sites.

Public Register

The public register of caravan sites in South Holland District can be viewed here:  SHDC Public Register Caravan Sites (PDF) [121KB] (opens new window)


Contact Us

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact or telephone 01775 761161