Why is a caravan licence required?
Under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 we have a duty to issue caravan site licenses to all caravan sites within Aylesbury Vale providing that the applicant has valid planning permission and complies with the conditions attached.
Sites which do not require a site Licence:
- Incidental use within the curtilage of a dwelling house
- Single caravan used by a person for not more than two nights and 28 days in 12 months
- Holdings of five acres or more, if not more than 28 days in 12 months, and a maximum of three caravans at any time
- Sites occupied and supervised by exempted organisation
- Sites approved by exempted organisations for up to five caravans
- Meetings organised by exempted organisations
- Agricultural and forestry workers
- Building and engineering sites
- Travelling showmen
- Sites operated and owned by a local council, county councils or regional councils
What Conditions Apply to a Caravan Site Licence?
In order for a site licence to be issued you must ensure you are complying with the licence conditions. The conditions are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of caravan occupants. If site licence conditions are not being met we are able to take enforcement action however appropriate timescales will be allowed for each contravention to be put right.
In general the conditions cover the following:
- The type of caravan permitted on the site (e.g. residential, static holiday or touring)
- The permitted density (the total number per site/acre/hectare) and the spacing between caravans
- Water supply and drainage; lavatory and washing facilities
- Fire precautions and electrical installations
- Roads, footpaths, hard standings and parking standards
Links to the full list of conditions are available to download below.
How Do I Apply for a Caravan Site Licence?
In order to apply for a site licence the applicant must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site and have appropriate planning consent. Licenses will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.
Applications must be in writing and include a description and plan of the land, planning consent reference number, the names of occupants and information on services to the site (e.g. water supplier). The application form can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.
If you require a paper copy of the application form then please contact us on the details below.
What if I don't hear from AVDC in the specified time?
You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from AVDC within 42 calendar days of submitting your request.
AVDC does not charge for this service.
Is there an appeal process?
You are advised to take up any issue with AVDC first.
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.
We 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.
We respond to complaints about unsatisfactory caravans and caravan sites and carry out inspections of caravan sites to ensure that they are complying with their site licence conditions.
If you have a complaint in relation to a caravan or caravan site please contact us on the details below.
Date Updated: 28/11/11