Caravan Site Licence

If you allow your land to be used as a caravan site, you are required to be licensed by your local authority who may attach conditions to your licence.

Licence conditions may:

  • restrict when caravans can be on the site for human habitation
  • restrict the number of caravans that can be on the site at any one time
  • control the types of caravans on the site
  • control the positioning of the caravans
  • regulate the use of other structures and vehicles including tents
  • ensure steps are taken to enhance the land, including planting/replanting of bushes and trees
  • impose fire safety and fire fighting controls
  • ensure that sanitary and other facilities, services and equipment are supplied and maintained.

You 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.

You must make your application for a caravan site licence to the local authority in whose area the land situated.  Your application must be in writing and include details of the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority.

It is in the public interest that East Cambridgeshire District Council must process your application before it can be granted.   If you have not received a response to your application within a reasonable period, please contact us.   You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

The Licensing Section, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE

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 the local district council.

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.

The local 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 the local district council.

If you are an applicant or a third party, you should always contact us in the first instance if you have any queries, concerns or cause for complaint preferably in the form of a letter with proof of delivery.    If you are not satisfied with the outcome and are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Consumer Service will give you advice.  If you are from outside the UK, please contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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