Caravans on street

Important: This information only relates to abandoned caravans within Darlington. Your local council may deal with caravans differently.

If you wish to report a caravan on the street please contact Customer Services on or 01325 388799.

Parking caravans on the street can cause a number of problems, for example they may:

  • block the street illegally
  • be a safety hazard to pedestrians, particularly children
  • prevent or limit access for other vehicles
  • block windows and shut out daylight
  • be an eyesore
  • be dangerous, for example if they are unstable or have gas cylinders attached

What can I do if I own a caravan?

  • Think of your neighbours before you get a caravan. If you do not have suitable parking at home then arrange to store the caravan at a storage compound. You can search for a compound on the Cassoa website [external link]
  • Remember that parking the caravan on the driveway at the front of your house may still cause problems to the neighbours and, in some cases is not allowed under the title deeds for the house - check with your solicitor if you are unsure
  • If you need to park the caravan in the street to load or unload, limit this to one day and all ways park outside your own house. Tell your neighbours what you are doing and how long the caravan will be there
  • Do not carry out repairs or maintenance on the street
  • Make sure that the caravan is stable and that any hazards are removed and that gas bottles are isolated whilst it is parked on the street
  • Do not allow people to live in the caravan or run electricity cables across the street
  • Never pour dirty water onto the street or into the road gullies - these gullies may go to the nearest beck and cause water pollution


  • Any parking, other than loading or unloading or because you are waiting for repairs following a breakdown is against the law
  • Caravans may not be covered by insurance when parked on streets
  • It against the law to park on the street at night without warning lights and you should always ensure that you park the caravan with the reflectors facing on-coming traffic
  • The police can take enforcement action