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Caravan and Camping site

Licence summary

If you own or operate a camping site in Northern Ireland, you must hold a site licence.

Licences are obtained from the District Council where the land is situated. Applications must be made in writing and are subject to a fee.

You may be required to have permission to use the land as a caravan site under a planning order.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a site licence.

Conditions that may be attached to a licence will cover:

  • Restrictions on when caravans can be stationed on the site
  • Restrictions of the total number of caravans that can be on the site at any one time
  • Controlling the types of caravan on the site
  • Governing the positioning of the caravans and the placing of any other structures, vehicles or tents.
  • Preserving and enhancing the land, including planting bushes and trees
  • Requiring fire safety and fire fighting system and equipment provision and maintenance
  • Providing sanitary facilities and any other facilities, services or equipment and ensuring these are properly maintained

Eligibility Criteria

An application for a site licence can be made by the occupier of the land to the District Council who govern the area where the land is situated.

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

Regulation Summary

The Caravans Act (NI) 1963

Application Evaluation Process

Applications must be in writing and detail the land which is subject to the application.

There is a fee of £10 to apply for such a licence.
Three copies of accurate scaled plans showing the layout of the site must accompany the application.
The local district council will only award a licence if the occupier has planning permission to use the site as a caravan site.
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. On receipt of an application and evidence that there is planning permission a Caravan Site Licence will be issued within two months.

Apply online
Click here to apply to change/extend your existing caravan site or camp site license.
Click here to apply for a caravan site or camp site license
Application to transfer a caravan and camping site licence

Contact Details

Telephone: 0300 303 1777

E-mail: licensing@fermanaghomagh.com

Write to us at:

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
Enniskillen Townhall
2 Townhall Street
Enniskillen
Co Fermanagh
BT74 7BA

or;

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
The Grange
Mountjoy Road
Omagh
Co Tyrone
BT79 7BL.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in the first instance.

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 the local district 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 Licensing Department. The appeal must be made within 28 days of the written notification of the refusal.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in the first instance.

If a licence holder objects to a condition attached to their licence, they may appeal to the local Magistrates’ court for the area where the land is situated. Appeals must be made within 28 days of the licence being issued and a notice of the appeal must be served to the district council. Appeals can also be made to the Department of the Environment within 28 days of the licence being issued.

The 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 local district 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 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.
Other Redress

Any complaints about how a licensed site is run or operated should be made directly to the Licensing Department on 0300 303 1777 or by emailing: licensing@fermanaghomagh.com
Trade Associations
Landlords’ Association of Northern Ireland

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