Caravan Site Licence

Licence Summary 

To run a caravan or camping site, you need a licence from the local authority. The number of caravans permitted on the site will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions which are designed to provide adequate standards of amenities, facilities to users and more importantly to protect their health and safety.

There are two types of caravan site licence, following a change in the law on 1st May 2017 and you may need both. You are now required to have either a Holiday/Tourer site licence for temporary, holiday type purposes or a Permanent Residential site licence if people live on your site all year round.

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 traveller sites.
  • Sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen.

Eligibility Criteria 

The applicant 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.

Regulation Summary 

Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Application Evaluation Process 

Please use the links on the bottom of this page to apply to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for a licence.

Applications must be in writing, should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority

FEES

Residential / Mixed Residential Caravan Site Licence - A licence application fee  will be payable.
Holiday Caravan Site Licence - no fee
Touring Caravan Site Licence - no fee

Will Tacit Consent Apply? 

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard anything within a reasonable period, please contact us

Failed Application Redress 

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority first.

If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition they may appeal to the local Sheriff 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 authority.

Licence Holder Redress 

You are advised to take up any issue with the local authority first.

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Sheriff Court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

The local authority 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 Sheriff 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 authority.

Contact

If you require further information please Contact Us.