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 £36.41
Application for a new site licence 5 or less       £305.88
  6 to 24 £412.00
  25 to 99 £491.07
  100 to 199 £569.10
  200 and over £649.21
Annual fee for existing site licence 5 or less  £255.94
  6 to 24 £339.17
  25 to 99 £423.44
  100 to 199 £494.19
  200 and over £569.10
Transfer/amendment of an existing site licence Not applicable £78.43
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
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB