Mobile Home and Caravan Site Licensing
There is a range of national legislation and guidance
which affects the management and operation of mobile home
parks within the Borough of Bedford - The Caravan and Control of
Development Act 1960, Caravan Sites Act 1968, Mobile Homes Act 1983
and Mobile Homes Act 2013. For further information on the
applicable legislation please see the Q&A Document and
Parks Q&A (Nov 2013)
Mobile Homes Act 2013
The Mobile Homes Act 2013
was enacted on 26 May 2013.
Sections 1 to 7 came
into effect on 1 April 2014.
- Section 1 – gives local authorities the ability to introduce
fees (on application and an annual fee).
- Section 2 – gives local authorities discretion whether to issue
and/or transfer site licences.
- Section 3 – appeals to site licence conditions will go to the
Residential Property Tribunal instead of going to the Magistrates
- Section 4 – gives local authorities the ability to serve a
compliance notice where there are one or more breaches of site
- Section 5 – gives local authorities the ability to carry out
works where the licence holder has failed to do so, this includes
the recovery of costs.
- Sections 6 and 7 – amend details in relation to appeals,
operative periods, recovery of expenses and the residential
Section 8 – places a
requirement on the licence holder to be a “fit and proper person”.
This has not yet been enacted and is not likely to be until
Sections 9 to 12 came
into effect as of 26 May 2013.
- Section 9 – makes site rules express terms of agreement
- Section 10 – removes the requirement for the site owner to
consent to the sale or gift of a mobile home (please also see the
Regulation named above for further information)
- Section 11 – changes the way in which a site owner can change
- Section 12 – amends the protection occupiers have against
eviction and harassment
For further information
about how the changes affect you, download this leaflet
know your rights’ from the Department for Communities and
Local Government or go to
The Caravan and Control of
Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site
unless the occupier holds a site
licence that has been issued by the
The Mobile Homes (Site Rules)
(England) Regulations 2014
These Regulations prescribe the procedure for
the making, variation and deletion of site rules on residential
mobile home parks. Site Licence Holders must follow a set procedure
for changes to be made to “site rules” for a permanent residual
Full details of the regulations can be found
The following sites have submitted their Site
Rules. Click on the site home name to display the site rules.
Mobile Home Site Name
High Street, Clapham Bedford MKH 6AL
The Baulk, Clapham, Bedford MK41 6HD
Retreat Mobile Home Park
Felmersham Road, Radwell, Bedford MK43 7HS
Stagsden Road, Bromham, MK43 8LX
Luton Road, Wilstead MK45 3ES
Bedford Road, Ravenden, Bedford MK44 2RA
To be submitted
Bedford Road Pavenham, Bedford MK53 7JN
All site rules have now been submitted.
Mobile Homes Site Licence
The Council's fee and charges can be
viewed by clicking on the following link: Mobile Homes Site licence fees
Applying for a
An application must be completed, accompanied
by a site plan at 1:500 scale showing the layout of roads, caravans
For an application form contact us
on 01234 718099 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note a licence cannot be issued without
corresponding planning permission.
If you require further information, please use
the contact details above.
There are some exceptions:
- A caravan sited with the curtilage of a
dwelling and its use is incidental to the dwelling. This means it
cannot be occupied separately.
- A single caravan sited for not more than
two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12
- Up to three caravans on a site of not less than
five acres for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
- Sites occupied by exempted organisations such as
the Caravan Club.
- Sites of up to 5 caravans certified by an exempt
organisation and which are for members only.
- Sites occupied by the local authority. These are
usually gypsy sites.
- Sites for temporary and special purposes such as
caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and
engineering sites and travelling salesmen.
- A site for tents only can be used for a
maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
Licences have conditions taken from ‘model
standards’ which include:
- The type of caravan, e.g. residential, static
holiday or touring.
- The permitted density (the number per
acre/hectare) and the spacing between caravans.
- Water supply and drainage; lavatory and washing
- Fire precautions and electrical
Are you a Caravan Site
You should have a licence already but you
should check that your name, the site name and address is correct
and up to date. Also check that the licence corresponds with your
planning permission. If not, contact us using the details
If you have recently become a caravan site
occupier, licences are transferable to a new occupier but the law
requires us to give consent for the transfer. You should complete
an application form with a letter requesting for transfer.
Are you a potential site
You or your legal advisor should check that
all the land used for siting caravans has planning permission and
that the details correspond with the site licence. If you wish to
change the use of the land to a permanent caravan site use you must
have planning permission before a licence can be issued.
Copies of the Caravan and Control of
Development Act 1960 and other legislation mentioned can be
purchased from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/).
A copy of the Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 can be
viewed at the council offices where you may also obtain an
application forms, a copy of the conditions and further help or
For further information or to request an
application form email: email@example.com or call