Caravans & campsites

To run a caravan and camping site in West Oxfordshire you will need a licence from us. There are three types of licence.

  • Residential
  • Holiday
  • Touring site

Planning permission is required before this licence can be applied for, to apply see: 

The purpose of the licence is to protect the health, safety and welfare of caravan occupants and to address issues such as fire safety, electrical safety, drainage, adequate amenities and a wholesome water supply.  

You can be fined up to £2,500 for permitting any part of your land to be used as a caravan site without holding a site licence. 

You don’t need a caravan and camping licence for:

  • A caravan sited within the curtilage of a dwelling, provided the caravan is not occupied separately.
  • A single caravan sited for not more than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • 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 five caravans certified by an exempt organisation 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 run by exempted organisations, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling salesmen.
  • A site for tents only can be used for a maximum of 42 days consecutively or 60 days in a 12 month period. (Planning consent is required for use of land on more than 28 days.)

Apply online for a caravan and camping site 

Apply for a caravan and camping site licence

We may put conditions on the licence.

Fees and charges for caravan and camping site licences

A fees policy was introduced in 2015:

Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.

Details of fee    Number of caravans                                                                                      Fee 2017/18                                 
Fee for depositing site rules Not applicable £37.14
Application for a new site licence 5 or less       £312.00
  6 to 24 £420.24
  25 to 99 £500.89
  100 to 199 £580.48
  200 and over £662.19
Annual fee for existing site licence 5 or less  £261.06
  6 to 24 £345.95
  25 to 99 £431.91
  100 to 199 £504.07
  200 and over £580.48
Transfer/amendment of an existing site licence Not applicable £100.40
Administrative and other expenses to serve notice under the Mobile Homes Act 2013  Not applicable £300.00

Next steps in application for a caravan and camping licence

If you haven’t heard from us by the end of the target completion period please contact us.   

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB