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Camping, caravanning and mobile homes

If you want to run a caravan or camping site you will need a licence. If you run a mobile home site, you need to adhere to mobile home site rules. Find out more below:

Camping and caravanning site licence

To run a caravan and/or camping site you will need a licence. You must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site. Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

You will have to apply for planning permission before you can get a licence.

Please note: Having planning permission does not legally allow you to occupy the site, and neither does payment of council tax.

When applying, you will need to provide a 1:500 scale plan of the site. We can supply a map of the site for this purpose. It is essential that you attach proof that planning permission has been granted. These documented can be uploaded if you apply online.

Residential caravan/mobile home sites

The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 lay out the procedure for making, varying and deleting site rules, as well as listing matters on which site rules can and cannot be made. The regulations require formal consultation between the site owner and residents before the rules are deposited with us. 

There are several prescribed forms that must be used throughout the process, which can be downloaded from

A clear appeal procedure is provided should a resident wish to challenge any of the rules proposed. Once the site rules have been deposited, the regulations state that we must establish and maintain a register of site rules of sites in our area and publish that register online.  


There are fees applicable to residential caravan/mobile home sites. Existing sites do not have to pay a grant fee as they have a licence, but the annual fee still applies. New sites will have to pay a grant fee to have a licence granted, as well as the annual fee.

Annual grant and renewal of site licence fees
 Number of caravans Grant feeAnnual fee
 1  £245  Total cost of officer time
 2 - 5  £475  £383.33
 6 - 24  £815  £523.33
 25 - 99  £1,027.50  £915.83
 100 - 199  £1,341.67  £1,250
 200+  £1,739.17  £1,647.50

View our register of site rules

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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

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Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.