Residential Caravan, Mobile, or Park Home Licence

The information on this page applies to:

  • residential caravan/mobile home sites
  • sites where there may be a mixture of permanent residential and temporary holiday pitches
  • applying for a site licence
  • applying for a 'Fit and Proper Person Test'

Note: If you are enquiring about a licence for holiday and touring caravan sites, or for camping, please email Environmental Health

Mobile Homes - Site Licensing

If you wish to place a caravan(s) on land for residential purposes, then in most cases you will need to apply for a caravan site licence. If there is already a licence holder for the site, they will need to transfer the licence to you when they transfer the land.

You will also need planning permission for a residential site before you apply for a licence.

Exemptions

Some sites do not need a licence, for instance:

  • agricultural and forestry workers
  • building and engineering sites
  • gypsy sites managed by county councils 
  • sites managed by the licensing authority
  • use within curtilage of a house (if in connection with the house)

Please note that even if a caravan is exempt from requiring a licence, stationing a caravan on land may still need planning permission, please contact planning@molevalley.gov.uk to check.

Apply for a Site Licence

Please complete one of our application forms to:

  • apply for a residential caravan site licence,
  • transfer one to a new owner or leaseholder, or
  • alter the conditions attached to a current licence

To apply for a residential caravan site licence, or to transfer a licence, please email Environmental Health for an application form.

When you send in your completed application, you will also be required to provide a site plan of a minimum scale of 1:500 showing structures, features, services and facilities. 

Please send your completed form by post, or send an electronic scan to Environmental Health

What happens next?

Once we receive the application and all the information requested, we will discuss the licence process with you. We will then inspect the site, and may consult with the fire service. Following the inspection, we will send you an invoice for the application fee, based on the number of units on the site when we inspected.

We normally make a decision within eight weeks of receiving a complete application (including all the supporting details, documents and the payment). However, some applications may take longer and we will discuss this with you if this is the case.

Before issuing a new licence, we will usually consult with you by sending you the proposed licence conditions. We allow a minimum of 14 days for you to comment before we issue the final licence.

You have the right to appeal to a First Tier Tribunal if you disagree with:

  • a decision to refuse a licence application or a transfer application
  • any conditions appended to a new application
  • a decision to refuse to alter a condition
  • a decision taken by the council to alter any existing condition of the licence

Please note; when a licence is transferred, the site licence conditions will remain unchanged.

Failure to meet the standards set out in the licence conditions could result in us serving a Compliance Notice. This is the first step in taking formal action to improve standards to meet the requirements of the licence conditions.

Site Licence Fees and charges

Fees and charges are made for:

  • an application for a new licence
  • an application to transfer the licence where ownership changes
  • an annual fee for site inspection 
  • a fee for depositing site rules

More information about our current fees and how they are calculated can be found in our Fee Table and Policy. The licence fees will be reviewed annually, so could change.

Site Licence Conditions

When we issue a licence there will be conditions attached. Conditions mainly cover health and safety areas such as:

  • spacing
  • fire safety
  • parking
  • roads
  • supply and storage of gas
  • electrical installations

Other Licensing Considerations

We also have to consider the licence holders ability to manage and maintain the site.

Site licences are normally not time limited. However, where temporary planning permission is granted the licence will also be time limited.

There will need to be a new application to transfer the licence if the site is sold to a new owner.

A Variation to the licence will need to be made if there are changes such as additional pitches.

Register of residential caravan, mobile or park home sites

We are required to publish a Register of Licensed Mobile Home Sites.

Site rules

The site owner may set site rules on residential caravan sites. The site rules are part of the contract between the homeowner and site owner, and supplement the Mobile Homes Act Agreement. The Council does not enforce these rules, but we are required to publish site rules for licensed sites where these are sent to us. You can find these below.

Mobile Home Sites - Fit and Proper Person Applications

The Mobile Homes (Requirements for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1st July 2021. The regulations introduced the 'Fit and Proper Person Test' for mobile home site operators.

The purpose of the fit and proper person test is to improve the standards of mobile home site management. From 1 July and until 1 October 2021, all site owners must have applied to the Council to be assessed as fit and proper persons to manage a site. A fee will be charged for assessing applications to enable the Council to recover the costs of this new responsibility.

Further details are available within the Mobile Homes – Fit and Proper Person Assessment Policy

What does this mean for site owners?

From 1 October 2021, unless the site is exempt, the site owner must:

•   be a fit and proper person to lawfully operate a park home site, or

•   have a fit and proper site manager in place

What must a site owner do?

Site owners operating a relevant protected site must apply to us between the dates 1st July and 1st October 2021 for the relevant person (themselves and/or their appointed manager(s)) to be included in the Council’s public register of fit and proper persons to manage a site.

A site owner may only apply if they hold or have applied for a site licence for the site.

Exempt sites

A site is exempt if it's “a non-commercial family occupied site”. This is one:

  • only occupied by members of the same family, and
  • not being run on a commercial basis 

The regulations provide further detail about this exemption. See the GOV.UK - legislation website for more details.

Application Fee for Fit and Proper Person Assessment

We will make a charge for the processing of applications to cover our costs. This charge is in line with government guidance and is £386 per application. The application relates to the person and the fee is the same regardless of the number of homes on a site.

Apply for a Fit and Proper Assessment

If you are the owner of a licensed mobile home site within Mole Valley district you will receive a letter and an application form in the post. Alternatively you may download an application form.

You may submit your application by email or send it in the post. Payment of the fee may be made by credit/debit card payment over the telephone, or by sending a cheque (made payable to 'Mole Valley District Council). Further details are included in the notes accompanying the form.

You must submit your completed application form and all appropriate supporting documents along with the fee, to the Council before 1st October 2021. You will be required to supply a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate with your application, which must be dated no earlier than 6 months before the date of your application. You may apply for the DBS certificate or your local post office will be able to advise you.

On submission of a full, completed application form together with all the necessary supporting documents and the payment your application will be assessed within a period of 6 weeks. On successful completion of the assessment, a site owners details will be recorded in the public Fit and Proper Register for Mobile Home sites in the district. Further details are available in the Council’s Fit and Proper Person Assessment policy.