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Caravan site licences

The legislation governing park homes and caravans is unique, complex and has recently been changed by the Government.

If you think you should have a site licence or if you want information, contact Private Sector Housing by calling 01483 444371 or emailing: regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk.

Although every effort will be made to keep this information accurate and current, it should only be seen as a guide. You should always make further enquiries from the Council or other agencies that specialise in this field.

Site licence conditions

If you use land as a caravan site you will almost always need planning permission and a site licence from the Council.

Every site licence will have site licence conditions attached to it. These conditions set out standards governing the layout of the park, provision of facilities and the maintenance of the park. We are responsible for ensuring that site licence conditions are met by the park owner.

icon Standard site licence conditions for residential parks [70.27KB]
icon Standard site licence conditions for recreational parks [37.98KB]

Applying for a licence

If you require a licence, you must apply to us by completing the online application and submit and pay online. For a new application go to the Gov.UK caravan site licence page.

To transfer an existing licence go to Gov.UK's application to transfer a caravan and camping site licence page. Note the application for a transfer must be supported by the existing licence holder, this is a legal requirement. 

Alternatively, you can download and post the icon site licence application form. [34.1KB]  You must also submit a scale plan of the site and, in some cases, we may request further information from the applicant.

Licence fees

See the tables below for the licence fees from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Please also read our icon fee policy. [84.84KB]

Please contact us if you wish to make changes to your licence, as this may also require a fee.

Fees for new caravan site licence applications 2020-2021
New licence applicationCost
Number of pitches: 1 - 5£375
Number of pitches: 6 - 15£391
Number of pitches: 16 - 45£516
Number of pitches: 46 or more£563


Fees for transfer of existing caravan licences for 2020-2021
Transfer of existing licenceCost
Number of pitches: 1 - 5£136
Number of pitches: 6 - 15£136
Number of pitches: 16 - 45£136
Number of pitches: 46 or more£136


Fees for varying a caravan site licence 2020-2021
Application to vary a site licenceCost
Number of pitches: 1 - 5£236
Number of pitches: 6 - 15£252
Number of pitches: 16 - 45£283
Number of pitches: 46 or more£379


Annual licence fee 2020-2021
Annual licence feeCost
Number of pitches: 1 - 5£446
Number of pitches: 6 - 15£514
Number of pitches: 16 - 45£634
Number of pitches: 46 or more£682


Fees for deposit of site rules 2020-2021
Deposit of site rulesCost
Number of pitches 1 - 5 £35
Number of pitches: 6 - 15£35
Number of pitches: 16 - 45£35
Number of pitches: 46 or more£35


We aim to process the licence within two months of receiving a complete application, or within six weeks of the proposed licence holder receiving planning consent if the licence application has been submitted before this. In some circumstances this may be extended. We will write to you if this will happen.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means you will be able to act as though your application has been granted if you have not heard from us within the target completion period. The target period begins once all the information required has been received.

Failed applications and licence holder redress

The Council can refuse the licence if there is no planning consent, if the courts have prevented a licence being issued, or other reasons prescribed in the Mobile Homes Act 2014 and associated regulations. No licence will be granted if the licence applicant has had a site licence revoked within the previous three years. If we refuse to issue or transfer a licence we will give written reasons for this.

If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition, or they wish to appeal against a licence condition or changes to licence conditions, they may appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). The appeal must be made within 28 days of being issued with the licence. For licence alterations the licence holder must appeal within 28 days of being notified in writing of the alteration to, or the refusal to alter the licence condition and must serve a notice of appeal on the Council. We recommend that you contact us in the first instance.

Enforcement of the licence

Once issued, the Council can alter the licence conditions at any time. We will give licence holders opportunity to make representation about any proposed changes.

From 1 April 2014, the Council has new powers to take enforcement action for a breach of licence conditions. A compliance notice may be served upon a site owner, listing the necessary action to address the issues. If the terms are not complied with, the local authority may decide to prosecute in a magistrates' court.

In emergency situations where the site owner has failed to comply with a site condition and their actions present an imminent risk to the health and safety of others we may decide to take action ourselves and recover the costs of carrying out the work. There is also a right to appeal if the site owner considers that it was unreasonable for the action to be taken or that the residents on the site were not in imminent risk of serious harm.