Caravan and mobile home site licensing

Runnymede has 39 licensed residential sites for caravan and mobile home owners, and one licensed holiday site which is not currently operational. These sites are licensed under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (as amended).

There are a number of sites which are exempt from the site licensing regime as they are owned by either Runnymede Borough Council or Surrey County Council:

  • Elm Farm
  • The Paddocks
  • Heathervale Way.

Fairfields in Chertsey, which is a Showman's Guild Site, and the Camping and Caravanning Club in Chertsey are also exempt from the licensing regime.

Caravan site information for residents

Information about licensed residential mobile home parks (caravan sites).

We are responsible for licensing all the residential mobile home sites in the borough. For a licence to be granted for a caravan or mobile home site, the site must have planning permission.

Some caravans do not need licences, for example caravans used by showmen or forestry workers, and caravans used in connection with a dwelling house.

Site licence conditions

Conditions will be attached to the licence to regulate the use, safety and maintenance of the site.  These conditions will be in accordance with the 2008 Model Standards and cover the following areas:

  • maintenance and safety of roads and footpaths
  • hard standings to caravans/mobile homes
  • fire precautions and electrical installations
  • drainage, sanitation and washing facilities
  • water and liquefied petroleum gas supply
  • car parks and recreational areas.

Complaints about a licensed site

If you live on a licensed site and are concerned about a potential breach of the licence conditions you can report a breach. We are able to investigate this complaint and if any breach of the licence conditions is witnessed we may be able to serve a notice to ensure the breach is rectified.

Rights as a mobile home owner

As a resident of a mobile home you may be in the unusual position of owning your home but not the land on which it is positioned. There are several pieces of legislation relating to mobile home parks and the rights of residents who live on them. Below you will find brief information on those pieces of legislation that may be relevant to you as a mobile home owner and details of where to get more information. There is also more information within Icon for pdf Park Homes: Know your rights document [389.63KB].

Mobile Homes Act 1983

If you own your mobile home and live in it on a permanent basis as your only residence, you are protected by the Mobile Homes Act 1983.

The Act:

  • sets out the right of park home owners to have an agreement with the site owner allowing them to occupy their home on the site as their main residence
  • covers other issues including security of tenure, the sale of mobile homes and other details of agreements between site owners and residents
  • applies to privately owned licensed sites and sites in local authority ownership.

These provisions are enforceable through the civil court which means that you must pursue action yourself, usually with the assistance of a solicitor. We are unable to intervene on your behalf. Park Homes Advice may be able to provide help and guidance.

Please note: The Act does not cover people living permanently on holiday sites as under the site licence no caravan on a holiday site can be used as a person's only residence or abode.

Mobile Homes Act 2013

The Act has made a number of changes to the law and your rights and responsibilities as a mobile home (caravan) owner.

Pitch fees

There are new rules about how site owners review pitch fees and what can be included in the review. Site owners will have to use a special form to tell you about this. Before they can raise pitch fees, they have to get your agreement or go to a tribunal.

Selling or gifting your home

In the past, site owners have had a say in who you can sell or give your home to, and some have made it difficult for residents to sell their home for its real value.  The new law means you do not need to seek the site owner's approval of the buyer - but if you bought or were gifted your home before 26 May 2013, you will need to tell them who your buyer is.

The rules for your site

On 3 February 2015 any existing site rules ceased to be effective unless the site owner had undertaken the relevant consultation process and then deposited the rules with us.

More information is available from Park Homes Advice.

Register of Site Licences and Site Rules

All site licences and any site rules with have been deposited with us are available to view the register of caravan site licences, site layout plans and site rules page.

Caravan site information for site owners and operators

Before you apply for a licence you will need to have planning permission for the caravan site.

You don't need a licence to run a caravan site if:

  • forestry workers, builders, travelling showmen or seasonal workers (like fruit pickers) stay in caravans on the site
  • the site is five or more acres and there are three or less caravans there for 28 days or less a year
  • you are a member of an organisation like a caravan club and have a caravan exemption certificate
  • your site is approved by an organisation with a caravan exemption certificate
  • members of an exempted organisation stay in their caravans on the site
  • your site is used for a social get-together of caravan club members (a 'rally').

Licence fee

Fees apply for new applications, transferring licences and varying a licence. An annual fee also applies.

Other licenses
Mobile homes site licensesCharge status

From April 2017

£

From April 2018

£

VAT treatment

Application for new site licence (includes £50.00 for single unit site)

  • Plus an additional £6.00 for each additional unit upto 101 units
  • Plus an additional £5.00 for each additional unit upto 201 units
  • Plus an additional £4.00 for each additional unit over 201
Discretionary400.00300.00Outside scope
Site inspectionDiscretionary 50.00Outside scope
Fit and proper person testDiscretionary 102.00Outside scope
Application to transfer or amend a site licenceDiscretionary200.00295.00Outside scope
Application for a minor amendment to a site licenceDiscretionary 200.00Outside scope
Application for a replacement copy of a site licenceDiscretionary25.0025.00Outside scope

Annual licence fee for a single unit site

  • Plus an additional £6.00 for each additional unit upto 101 units
  • Plus an additional £5.00 for each additional unit upto 201 units
  • Plus an additional £4.00 for each additional unit over 201
Discretionary25.0050.00Outside scope
Fee for the deposit of site rulesDiscretionary75.0075.00Outside scope

You can apply and pay online.

Mobile Homes Act 2013

The introduction of the Mobile Homes Act 2013 made a number of changes to the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 the Mobile Homes Act 1983 and the Caravan Sites Act 1968.  The main changes are:

  • improved enforcement powers for Local Authorities
  • changes to the sales procedure to prevent sale blocking
  • existing park rules will eventually be replaced with a new set of rules, which are to be deposited with the local authority
  • introduction of a specified form to accompany any pitch fee review notice.

The rules for your site

On 3 February 2015 any existing site rules ceased to be effective unless you have undertaken the relevant consultation process and then deposited the rules with us.

More information is available from Park Homes Advice as well as advice for park home site owners.

Register of Site Licences and Site Rules

All site licences and any site rules with have been deposited with us are available to view: Register of Caravan Site Licences, Site Layout Plans and Site Rules

View a list of all the Caravan Sites currently licensed by Runnymede Borough Council with a copy of the site licence, site layout plan and for permanent residential sites any site rules that have been deposited with the Council under the Mobile Homes Act 2013.