Caravan Site Licences

Caravan Site

Caravan and Mobile Home sites are required to be licensed. There are three main categories, which are:

  • residential sites
  • holiday sites
  • tourer sites

A site can range from a single caravan, tent or tourer on a small plot of land to large sites comprising of 100's of units.

The Licensing Department is responsible for the issuing of caravan site licences, once land has obtained planning permission.

Planning permission

Planning legislation takes primacy over the legislation that governs caravan site licenses. This means that the licence may only be issued after the relevant planning permission has been obtained for the site. It is recommended that, before submitting an application for a caravan site licence, an applicant should confirm that the land in question has planning permission allowing it to be used as a caravan site. Without the correct planning permission being in place, a caravan site licence cannot be granted.

It is worth noting that as a caravan site licence can only be issued in accordance with planning permission, if there are any relevant restrictions that form part of the permission, these will need to be mirrored on the site licence, if granted. For instance, if the planning permission only allows a site to be occupied between 1 March and 31 October, the caravan site licence cannot be granted beyond those months.

How to Apply

An application must be made to Bassetlaw District Council’s Licensing Department for a caravan site licence using the application form below

Transfer of a site licence

If a licence holder ceases to be the occupier of the land, they may, with the consent of Bassetlaw District Council’s Licensing Department, transfer the licence to the person who becomes the occupier of the land. Evidence of land occupancy will need to be provided to the Licensing Department

Amending an existing site licence

There is no legal mechanism for a site licence holder to amend a site licence. Should you wish to change any aspect of an existing licence, a new application should be submitted.

Change of address

If you are the licence holder for a holiday caravan and change your permanent place of residence, please notify the Licensing Department of this in writing. Failure to provide us with this information may result in you missing out on important communications in respect of legislative changes and safety matters.

Site Conditions

In order to uphold safety at a site, any licence issued will be subject to conditions that must be complied with at all times. There are different sets of conditions which may be attached to site licences. Depending on the type of caravans stationed on the site, these are:


Regular inspections are undertaken by the Council of all licensed caravan sites within Bassetlaw by both Licensing Enforcement Officers and Officers from the Environmental Health Department.

Enforcement of breach of site licence condition

The Council can serve Compliance Notices (subject to appeal) on site owners where site licence conditions are breached. These Notices will set out what the site owner needs to do to correct the breaches, and the timescales.  A fee may be charged for the Notice. Failure to comply with the Notice is a criminal offence and Bassetlaw District Council has the power to carry out works in default.

Licensing Officers of the authority have the right to enter, at all reasonable hours (after having given 24 hours' notice) land which is used as a caravan site or in respect of an application for a site licence has been made.

Caravan site licence fees

Fees are payable for certain residential sites classed as relevant protected sites under the provisions of the Mobile Homes Act 2013. Application for a new site licence

The fees apply to sites which are purely residential and also to sites which are for mixed holiday and residential use. However the annual charge per pitch applies only to the residential units. For further information on fees please see the Park Homes Fees Policy.

Public register of deposited site rules

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 promote community cohesion on the site.

Once submitted site rules will be published here