Environmental Health Licences

Mobile Homes Guidance

The Mobile Homes Act 2013

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2013 and amends the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, the Caravan Sites Act 1968 and the Mobile Homes Act 1983.  The Act applies to relevant protected sites that have permanent residents and brings the licensing regime that applies to mobile home sites more closely in line with other types of local authority licensing.

The Act aims to improve housing standards and has introduced new provisions in relation to local authority powers with effect from 1 April 2014:

  • To charge fees for new residential site licences, licence transfers and variations
  • To charge an annual fee to existing residential site licence holders
  • To refuse a licence (or to refuse to transfer a licence) if necessary
  • To serve and enforce ‘compliance notices’ and undertake emergency works together with the power to recover expenses and costs relating to works in default
  • For the Local Authority to be the keeper of ‘Site Rules’ and permits a small fee to be charged for depositing these rules

The Act has also introduced new laws to address malpractice across the mobile homes sector. For example, it removes opportunities for site operators to block sales and requires them to agree new site rules with park home residents. Many of these provisions are now in force but do not affect local authority powers and duties.

For further advise please contact us for details of your local authority advisor.

Mobile Home Site Rules

Under The Mobile Homes Act 2013, site owners need to provide us with their site rules which we must display on our website for members of the public to view.

Details of site licences held, to include site rules, may be found by searching our Licensing Public Register  by entering  the following search options:

  • select advanced
  • select licences
  • go to licence details and enter the site name in the trading name or the site address
  • select search
  • select the licence which has current status. The site rules can be found on the conditions tab.

Mobile Home Site Licence Conditions

Mobile Home Site Licences have conditions which include:

  • The type of caravan.
  • The permitted density (the number per acre/hectare) and the spacing between caravans.
  • Water supply and drainage; lavatory and washing facilities.
  • Fire precautions and electrical installations.

If you are an occupier of a Mobile Homes 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, you should send us the licence, a completed change of details application and the relevant fee.

If you are to become an occupier of a Mobile Homes Site

Licences are transferable to a new occupier but the law requires us to give consent for the transfer. You should send us the licence with a completed application request for a transfer and the relevant fee.

If you are a potential occupier of a Mobile Homes Site

Before you apply you or your legal advisor should check that all the land used for siting mobile homes has planning permission and that the details correspond with the site licence. You must have planning permission before a licence can be issued.

Does Tacit Consent Apply if you don’t hear anything?

Yes, unless you have agreed to have the statutory period extended further.

This means that you will be able to act as though your licence is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the two month statutory consultation period.

Failed application redress

(Note this does not apply to incomplete or invalid applications).

If we do not grant you a licence you will be notified of the reasons for the decision and your right of appeal.

For a case relating to land in England, The Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Mobile Homes Act 2013 and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2014 confers on an applicant a right of appeal to the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal against a decision of a local authority in England not to issue a site licence.

Licence holder redress

We may alter conditions on your licence at any time but we must give licence holders the opportunity to make representations about the proposed changes.

If you (the licence holder) disagree with our alterations then your appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on us.

In a case relating to land in England, The Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Mobile Homes Act 2013 and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2014 confers on an applicant a right of appeal to a residential property tribunal against a condition attached to a licence.