Changes to the Mobile Homes Act
The Caravan and Control of Development Act 1960 requires the Council to licence sites that have gained or are in the process of obtaining the required planning permission to operate as a recognised caravan, mobile home or park home site.
On 26 March 2013 the Mobile Homes Act 2013 (MHA 2013) came into force which is designed to give greater protection to occupiers of residential caravan and mobile homes on “relevant protected sites” or residential sites.
Sale and gifting of park homes
From 26 May 2013 changes have been introduced to the sale/gifting of park homes and amendments to existing implied terms relating to the annual pitch fee review procedure on parks.
Site Rules - depositing with the Local Authority, and the Local Authority Register of Site Rules
The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 prescribe the procedure for the making, variation and deletion of site rules on residential mobile home parks. Site Licence Holders must follow a set procedure for changes to be made to “site rules” for a permanent residential home site.
Once the rules have been agreed, they must be deposited with the local authority and we will publish them on our website. Please note that Rushcliffe Borough Council does not have any enforcement powers to object to site rules and you should seek legal advice if you disagree with rules in place for your site. Advice on site rules can be obtained from Lease – www.parkhomes.lease-advice.org. Below are the site rules that have been deposited with Rushcliffe Borough Council.
‘Disclaimer’ regarding Mobile Homes Site Rules:
All Site Rules received by Rushcliffe Borough Council are required to be published under Regulation 16 of the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014. The Site Rules that are published to the Register as required by the above Regulation are an exact copy as presented to Rushcliffe Borough Council. The Council accepts no responsibility if there are errors or omissions regarding the site rules.
1) The Local Authority does not endorse or approve these Site Rules
2) The Local Authority is not responsible for their content or enforcement.
|Date of deposit||Site||Site rules|
|18.11.2014||Gamston, Bassingfield Lane, Gamston, Nottinghamshire. NG26NJ||Gamston site rules|
|17.12.2014||Tollerton, Tollerton Lane, Tollerton, Nottingham, NG12 4DG||Tollerton Park|
|16.12.2014||Bridgford Court, Trent Lane, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, NG13 8PF||Bridgford Court|
|12.01.2016||Radcliffe Park, Wharf Lane, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham. NG12 2AP||Radcliffe Park|
|29.09.2014||Langar Woods, Harby Road, Langar, Nottinghamshire, NG13 9HZ||Langar Woods|
|26.08.2014||Greenacres, Adbolton Lane, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. NG25AZ||Greenacres site rules|
|19.11.2014||Carlight Gardens, Adbolton Lane, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. NG25AZ||Carlight Gardens|
Site licensing and the introduction of licence fees
The MHA 2013 introduced some important changes to park home site licensing on 1 April 2014. The Local Authority will charge site owners a fee for applying for a site licence, for amendments or transfers of existing licences, and for the majority of residential sites in our Borough, an annual fee for existing site licences.
Enforcement of site licence breaches
Local Authorities can serve compliance notices on site owners where site licence conditions are breached. These notices will set out what the site owner needs to do to correct the breaches and the timescales, there is a fee charged for this enforcement. Failure to comply with the notice would be a criminal offence.
Further information on the changes introduced by the MHA 2013 can be obtained from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website.
The Government has also extended the role of the Leaseholder Advisory Service (LEASE), phone 020 7383 9800, so that park home residents can contact them for help and advice. This will be particularly helpful for matters where the Local Authority does not have a role such as site rules, pitch fees or the selling/gifting of park homes. www.lease-advice.org.
Caravans and mobile homes
To run a caravan and camping site, you require a licence from the local authority. There will be a fee for this licence and this will be determined once the fee policy has been finalised - caravan site licence
Conditions may be attached to the licence to cover any of the following:
- Restricting when caravans can be on the site for habitation or restricting the number of caravan on the site
- Controlling the types of caravans there position or regulating the use of structures and vehicles including tents
- Ensuring steps ate taken to enhance the land, fire safety controls and ensuring sanitary and other facilities are maintained.
Am I eligible?
An applicant must be entitled to use the land for a site. Licences will not be issued to applicants who have had a site licence revoked within three years of the current application.
Detailed information about how to apply for a caravan site licence.
How will my application be evaluated?
Applications for site licences are made to the local authority. Officers will contact the applicant and make inspection visits to the site prior to any licence being granted. Conditions may be placed on any licence granted by the authority.
What happens next?
Once your application form has been received an inspection of the premises will be undertaken before the licence is issued.
What if my application is refused?
Please contact the licensing service in the first instance. An appeal against the grant can be made to the local Magistrates Court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the service provider (The Council). If this has not worked and you are located in the UK then contact Consumer Direct. If you are outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
See the Public licence register