Camping and Caravan sites

To operate a caravan and/or camping site in Darlington you need a licence from Darlington 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 the steps 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

Eligibility Criteria The applicant must be entitled to use the land as a caravan site. Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application. Regulation Summary Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 [external link] Application Evaluation Process Applications for site licences are made to the local authority in whose area the land situated. Applications must be in writing, should detail the land the application concerns and any other information required by the local authority. Will Tacit Consent Apply? Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within 21 days. How to Apply We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online we will acknowledge your application via email. You have the option of applying online or by downloading an application form

Fees

Fees are payable for certain residential sites classed as relevant protected sites under the Mobile Homes Act 2013. 

  • application for a new site licence
  • the annual site inspection (fee charged per pitch)
  • transfer of licence
  • amendment of licence conditions
  • depositing site rules with the council

The fees apply to sites which are purely residential and also to sites which are for mixed holiday and residential use. However the annual charge per pitch applies only to the residential units.

Public Register of Deposited Site Rules

Site rules are different to site licence conditions and are put in place by the owner of a site to ensure acceptable standards are maintained which will be of benefit to occupiers or will promote community cohesion on the site.

Owners of mobile homes sites have until February 2015 to deposit site rules with the local authority. Once submitted, site rules will be published here.

Apply online

Apply for a caravan and camping site licence [external link]

Download an application form

If you would prefer to download an application form, please download the document below and return it to us using the contact details below.

Caravan Site Licence application [word document]

Failed Application Redress

You are advised to take up any issue with us in the first instance using the contact details below. If a licence holder is refused an application to alter a condition they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the refusal and a notice of appeal must be served on Darlington Borough Council.

Licence Holder Redress

You are advised to take up any issue with us in the first instance using the contact details below. If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Magistrates Court [external link]

The appeal must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued.

Darlington Borough 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 Darlington Borough Council.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade Associations

Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations (ACCEO) [external link]

British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) [external link]

British Resorts and Destinations Association [external link]

Caravan Industry Training (CITO) [external link]

Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) [external link]

Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA) [external link]

Hotel Marketing Association [external link]

National Caravan Council (NCC) [external link]