Camping Site (Moveable dwelling)

Under Section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936 ("the Act") a site licence is required if a person allows any land occupied by them to be used for camping (excluding caravans) purposes on more than 42 consecutive days or more than 60 days in any 12 consecutive months.


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Shared Regulatory Services (SRS), Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU


Application Process

Site licences may only be issued after the relevant planning permission has been obtained for the site.


To apply for a site licence applicants must complete and submit application including the following:

  • relevant application form
  • the number of tents proposed to be stationed on the site at any one time
  • water supply - mains or private and distance to site
  • waste water disposal
  • sewage disposal
  • refuse disposal
  • sanitary provision
  • scale plan

There is no expiry date for a licence. However, if the relevant planning permission is for a limited period, the licence must expire at the same time as the planning permission.


Tacit Consent

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.


The target time period is  28 calendar days.


Background and Eligibility Criteria

There are exceptions for organisations that hold camping exemption certificates.



A local authority may attach to a licence such conditions as they feel fit with respect to the use of the site, including the space to be kept between tents and the securing of sanitary conditions.



There is currently no fee payable for this process.


Supplementary Information


Planning Permission

If the land is to be used for camping  for more than 28 days in total in any calendar year planning permission will be required (Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977, Schedule 1, Class IV).


Scale Plan

In support of the application a scale plan must be provided showing:

  • the boundaries of the site
  • the proposed positions of tentage
  • car parking
  • fire fighting arrangements
  • sanitary facilities
  • refuse arrangements
  • water supplies 
  • access/egress arrangements



Offences and Penalties

It is an offence for a person to contravene any of the provisions of the Section, or to fail to comply with any condition attached to a licence granted to them under the Section.



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