Exempted Caravan & Camping Sites

Not all caravan and camping sites are required to have a licence and planning permission from the local Council. Some sites are exempted because they are ‘certified sites’ who hold exemption certificates. These are issued by Natural England, on behalf of DEFRA.

To download a leaflet on Camping Exemption Certificates, pleaseĀ click here

For a caravan site to be exempted, it must be a member of an organisation that has been granted an exemption certificate. In deciding if a certificate will be issued, the Secretary of State considers whether;

  • the organisation is properly formed, and has a constitution;
  • the objectives of the organisation include the encouragement or promotion of recreational activities;
  • the organisation is applying for the certificate for its own use.
  • adequate arrangements are in place for the organisation and supervision of activities, including a responsible person to hold the certificate.
  • the organisation will use a formal code of conduct for meetings held under the certificate

Organisations with Exemption Certificates include :

The Camping and Caravanning Club
The Motor Caravanner’s Club
The Scout Association

For more information, contact one our specialist caravan site solicitors or legal executives.