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Summary

To run a caravan and camping site you need a licence from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Conditions may be attached to a licence to cover any of the following:

  • restricting when caravans can be on the site for human habitation or restricting the number of caravans that can be on the site at any one time
  • controlling the types of caravans on the site
  • controlling the positioning of the caravans or regulating the use of other structures and vehicles including tents
  • to ensure steps are taken enhance the land, including planting/replanting bushes and trees
  • fire safety and fire fighting controls
  • to ensure that sanitary and other facilities, services and equipment are supplied and maintained

 

Fees

The licence fee is variable, please contact the Environmental Services Department directly.

 

Eligibility Criteria

An application for a site licence can be made by the occupier of the land to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council who govern the area where the land is situated.

 

There must also be relevant Planning Permission in force for the land in question.

 

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

 

A licence is no longer valid once the licence holder no longer is entitled to be the occupier of the land.  The licence must be transferred to the new occupier except that a licence cannot be transferred to someone who has had a site licence revoked within the previous three years.

 

Regulation Summary

The Caravans Act (NI) 1963

 

Application Evaluation Process

Applications must be in writing or by electronic means and detail the land which is subject to the application.

 

The following supporting documentation is required:

 

  • Site layout plan – A Plan of the proposed site layout including details of all buildings also on site

 

  • Planning Permission – Evidence that there is a planning order in force for permission to use the land as a caravan site

 

  • Electrical Test Certificate – for the electrical installation up to point of supply to individual caravans

 

  • Fire Fighting Equipment – test/supply certificates for fire fighting equipment placed on site

 

  • Emergency Lighting Test Certificates – test certificate for testing emergency lighting on site if supplied

 

  • Fire Alarm System Test Certificate – if supplied on site any electrical fire alarm system should be tested periodically

 

Once issued a site licence will be subject to terms and conditions which may require the periodic provision of other certification (for example in relation to electrical testing, testing of fire alarm and emergency lighting systems).

 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes.  This means that you will be able act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council within 90 working days of the submission of a completed application.

 

Apply Online

Application for a caravan site or camp site licence.

Application to change a caravan site or camp licence.

Application to transfer a caravan site or camp licence.

 

Forms to download, print and post

Application for a caravan site or camp site licence.

Application to change a caravan site or camp licence.

Application to transfer a caravan site or camp licence.

 

Contact Details

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Environmental Services Department

 

Coleraine Office

66 Portstewart Road

Coleraine

BT52 1EY

 

Ballymoney Office

14 Charles Street

Ballymoney

BT53 6DZ

Ballycastle Office

7 Mary Street

Ballycastle

BT54 6QH

Limavady Office

7 Connell Street

Limavady

BT49 0HA

Email: escoleraine@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.

 

If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition they may appeal to the local Magistrate’s court.  The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the refusal and a notice of appeal must be serviced on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.  Appeals against refusals of alterations to conditions relating to the dates and periods caravans may be on the site may be made to the Department of the Environment.  The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the refusal.

 

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.

 

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court for the area where the land is situated. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.  Appeals can also be made to the Department of the Environment within 28 days of the licence being issued.

 

Council may alter conditions at any time but must give licence holders the opportunity to make representations about the proposed changes. If a licence holder disagrees with the alterations they may appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.  Appeals against conditions relating to the dates and periods caravans may be on the site may be made to the Department of the Environment.  The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the alteration.

 

Consumer Complaint

We would advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of deliver).

 

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK: Consumer Direct will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the: European Consumer Centre.

 

Other Redress

Any complaints about how a licensed site is run or operated should be made directly to the Environmental Services Department on 028 7034 7171 or by emailing:

escoelraine@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk.

 

Trade Associations

Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations (ACCEO)

 

British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA)

 

British Resorts and Destinations Association

 

Caravan Industry Training (CITO)

 

Federation of Tour Operators (FTO)

 

Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA)

 

Hotel Marketing Association

 

National Caravan Council (NCC)