The Mobile Homes Act 2013 introduces powers and duties for the local authority. This is in respect of residential park home and caravan sites occupied by persons other than the site licence holder and/or their employees.

What is considered a caravan?

A caravan is any structure or motor vehicle that:

  • is designed or adapted for human habitation
  • you can move from one place to another. This is either by towing or by transporting on a motor vehicle or trailer

This does not include:

  • a railway rolling stock which is for the time being on rails forming part of a railway system
  • a tent

Licence Applications

You cannot use land as a caravan site without a council issues site licence.

The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 requires the occupier to hold a valid licence.

Licensing conditions

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
  • the maintenance of the park

Fit and Proper Person

The mobile homes regulations require site owners to apply for inclusion onto a Fit and Proper Persons register.

You can find the public register in the Downloads section. Or you can make an appointment to view it at the council's offices during normal office hours.