The Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the local authority.

There are some exceptions:

  • a caravan sited with 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 5 caravans certified by an exempt organisation and which are for members only.
  • sites occupied by the local authority. These are usually gypsy/traveller sites.
  • sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen.
  • a site for tents only can be used for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.

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