Planning Permission for Static Caravans
Important Note Regarding Information Provided
Please be advised that the information presented in this guide is intended to serve as a general reference only, and should not be construed as legal advice. It's worth noting that every council has its own set of rules and interpretations, so we strongly encourage you to consult with your local planning authority for more detailed information. Planning advice is available on the Planning Portal
Determining the Need for Planning Permission on Private Land for a Static Caravan
If you plan to use a caravan during a self-build or renovation project, it is best to apply for planning permission. This can be done at the same time as applying for permission for the work itself, or it can be done at a later date if plans change.
- The caravan can be lived in whilst carrying out the work
- Once the project is completed, the static caravan will need to be removed from the site
- If you want to keep the caravan on site following the build, it may be possible but you would need to apply for planning permission
- For more information on using a caravan during a self build visit Static Caravans for Self Builds Off Site | SBL Caravan Centre
Siting a caravan to use as an annexe (where there is an existing dwelling)
If you're considering placing a mobile home on your land for the use of a family member, there are specific criteria to consider before proceeding.
- You must ensure that the structure meets the legal definition of a mobile home according to the Caravan Act. To relate it to our discussion, this is a static caravan with wheels that can be moved with the use of a motor vehicle
- The caravan must be used as additional living space and not as independent accommodation
- You must be able to show that the main dwelling supports the caravan and is used by the guests for showering, cooking etc.
- The grey area is that once the caravan is connected to gas, water, drainage etc. it becomes less moveable and this is an important note for why you should check with your local authority to confirm whether you require planning permission
Siting a caravan to use as independent accommodation (where there is an existing dwelling)
If you plan to use the static caravan as independent accommodation, such as for holiday accommodation or rental, planning permission will be required. It's best to check with your local planning authority to understand the specific regulations in your area, particularly if you live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or a conservation area. With the rise of sites such as Airbnb, this has become increasingly popular, but it is important to do your homework and not commit an expensive mistake. Purchasing a caravan without the necessary planning may mean you are issued with an enforcement notice to remove it from the site, which could be costly.
Siting a caravan where there is no existing dwelling
With rising costs of mortgages and inflation making quite an impact on people's pockets, the idea of purchasing a static caravan to be placed on a nice piece of land is becoming increasingly attractive. This is something we are asked quite a lot and we can say with a high degree of certainty that it may well be possible to site a static caravan on land you own where there is not currently a dwelling but this would certainly require planning permission. They will consider certain factors such as:
- The existing use of the land
- Previous use of the land
- Size and style of caravan
- Requirement for the caravan
We are based in a lovely area of the country with some outstanding views so the idea of placing a caravan on your land is a great one, but do contact the relevant authorities first to gain the required permissions.