Caravan and camping sites (including mobile home parks)

To run a caravan and camping site within Dacorum, including mobile home parks, you need a licence from us, under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. This Act was amended in 2014 by the Mobile Homes Act 2013 which gave us greater powers to intervene and inspect mobile home sites to combat malpractice in this sector.

These Acts lay down 'model standards' that should be included in the licences for the site. These standards specify conditions relating to:

  • the roads
  • speed limits
  • signage within the site
  • the distance between mobile homes
  • boundary fences
  • other structures within the plot area
  • the information that should be provided on the site by the manager and
  • the fire precautions that must be in place within the site

Application and annual fees

Annual mobile home licence fees
Number of mobile homes  Low risk - inspected every three years  Medium risk - inspected every two years  High risk- inspected every year 
Site with 1-5 mobile homes  £100  £175 £250
Site with 6-10 mobile homes  £125  £200  £275
Site with 11-20 mobile homes  £150  £225  £325
Site with 21-50 mobile homes  £225  £325 £425
Site with 51-100 mobile homes £325 £425  £525 
Site with 101-150 mobile homes  £525  £675 £825 
Additional charges
Additional charges     
New application  Number of units  Charge 
  1-5  £50 per unit 
  6-10  £300 
  11-20  £370 
  21-50  £430 
  51-100  £470 
  More than 100  £490 
Details of other charges
Other charges   
Variation to licences  £174 
Transfer of site licences  £112 
Deposit of site rules  £97 

Site inspections

Our risk rating inspection system uses a sliding scale of annual charges based on the risk/inspection frequency. This means that more problematic sites will pay a higher licence fee than those that require little regulatory involvement from us.


You don't need a site licence for:

  • incidental use within the boundary of a home (for example, a caravan kept on a domestic driveway for private use by the owners)
  • single caravans for not more than two nights and 28 days in 12 months
  • holdings of five acres or more if not more than 28 days in 12 months and maximum three caravans at any time
  • sites occupied and supervised by exempted organisations (for example, the Caravan Club)
  • sites approved by exempted organisations for up to five caravans
  • meetings organised by exempted organisations
  • seasonal agriculture and forestry workers
  • building and engineering sites
  • travelling showmen
  • sites occupied by a local authority
  • gypsy sites occupied by county or regional councils

View a copy of the Act detailing the exemptions in full.


We aim to process applications within two months. There is no deemed approval of applications until a licence is granted.

Depending on the status of the site's planning permission, a licence will be granted either permanently or for a fixed period. If the licence is for a fixed period the expiry date will be stated on the licence.

Renewal of licences

It is the applicant's responsibility to apply and ensure that the necessary planning permission is in place before an application for renewal of a licence is submitted.

Appeals and complaints

If you have concerns about how your application is handled, the first point of contact will be the case officer dealing with your application. If you are still not satisfied, you can lodge a complaint with their line manager. If you are dissatisfied with a condition attached to your licence, you have the right of appeal to a magistrates' court within 28 days.

Further information on the law relating to park homes can be found on the Government website.

Dacorum mobile home park site rules

Disclaimer on mobile home site rules

All site rules received by us 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 us.

We accept no responsibility if there are errors or omissions regarding the site rules. In addition:

  • We do not endorse or approve these site rules
  • We are not responsible for their content or enforcement

 Register of Dacorum mobile home parks site rules (PDF 22KB)

Contact us

Telephone: 01442 228470