Caravan and campsite licence
You will need to apply to us if you are going to run a caravan or campsite on your property (except in the circumstances shown below).
When don't you need a licence?
You won't need a caravan site licence if:
- forestry workers, builders, travelling showmen or seasonal workers (like fruit pickers) stay in caravans on the site
- the site is five or more acres and there are three or less caravans there for 28 days or less a year
- you’re a member of an organisation like a caravan club and have a caravan exemption certificate
- your site is approved by an organisation with a caravan exemption certificate
- members of an exempted organisation stay in their caravans on the site
- your site is used for a social get-together by an exempt organisation
You won't need a campsite licence if:
- forestry workers, builders, travelling showmen or seasonal workers (like fruit pickers) stay in tents on the site
- the site is five or more acres and there are three or less tents there for 28 days or less a year
- you’re a member of an organisation like the Scouts and have an exemption certificate
- your site is approved by an organisation with a camping exemption certificate
- members of an exempted organisation stay in their tents on the site
Model standards for residential homes
These conditions, available for download below, only apply to new residential caravan parks from 2008. For existing residential caravan parks the conditions attached to the licence remain unchanged. Residential sites, also known as park homes, licensed before 2008 will have their own conditions on display on the site.
Fees are payable for certain residential sites classed as relevant protected sites under the Mobile Homes Act 2013. This includes:
- application for a new site licence
- the annual site inspection (fee charged per pitch)
- transfer of licence
- amendment of licence conditions
- depositing site rules with the council
Caravan site rules
We are required to publish site rules in respect of protected sites in its area and publish the up to date register online. Site rules are different to site licence conditions and are put in place by the owner of a site to ensure acceptable standards are maintained which will be of benefit to occupiers or will help to promote community cohesion on the site.
There is a fee to register these site rules.
The site rules for specific caravan sites can be found below:
Apply for a caravan or campsite licence
To apply for a licence you will need to:
- download and complete the relevant form below enclosing the relevent information such as site plan, decision notice etc.
- send to our Food and Occupational Health department at our Workington office
- please pay the relevant fee over the phone with a credit/debit card