Buckinghamshire Council has a legal duty to issue caravan site licenses to all caravan sites within the district, providing that the applicant has valid planning permission and complies with the conditions attached.
Do all caravan sites require a licence?
No, the following sites don't require a caravan 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 organisations
- 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 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
Download the full list of conditions:
How do I apply for a caravan site licence?
- be entitled to use the land as a caravan site and have appropriate planning consent
- not have a site licence revoked within 3 years of the current application
- You must apply 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).
If you don't hear from Buckinghamshire Council within 42 calendar days of submitting your request, you'll be able to act as though your application has been granted.
Buckinghamshire Council does not charge for this service.
Please click below to apply for a licence
Is there an appeal process?
Please contact us in the first instance.
If you're refused an application to alter a condition, you 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 you wish 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.