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Mobile Home and Caravan Site legislation

The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

This Act makes the provision for the licensing and control of caravan sites, to authorise local authorities to provide and operate caravan sites, to amend the law relating to enforcement notices and certain other notices issued under Part III of the Town and Country Planning Act 1947.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Section 3 places a general duty on site operators to conduct their undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that both residents and the public at large are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

Public Health Act 1936

Section 268 applies statutory nuisance provisions (Part III of the Environmental protection Act 1990) to tents, vans, sheds and moveable structures used for human habitation. It also applies sections 83-85 of the 1936 Act concerning filthy or verminous premises.

Mobile Homes Act 1983

This deals with the protection of security of tenure of residents on caravan sites.

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The order requires that a competent person undertake a fire risk assessment of the site and identify the risks present. Recommendations will then be made as to how the risks can be removed or mitigated against. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have enforcement powers relating to the communal areas on residential mobile home sites and may visit, request a copy of the assessment and take action where necessary.

Mobile Homes (Selling and Gifting) (England) Regulations 2013

This amends the process of selling and gifting a home, including the removal of the requirement for site owners to consent to the sale or gift of a home.

Mobile Homes Act 2013

This Act allows the Council to introduce fees and charges for the issuing and transfer of a site licence and other site licence activities, to serve compliance notices where there are breaches of site licence conditions, to require fit and proper person checks to be undertaken for licence holders and to hold a register of residential mobile home sites and their site rules.

This Act also changes the way a site owner can change pitch fees, how appeals are heard, and amends protection occupiers have against eviction and harassment.

For further information, please refer to the Caravan Site Licensing Fee Policy. [PDF, 60Kb] This policy sets out the fee structure for the processing of applications for the issue, variation and transfer of caravan site licences and annual fees for administration and monitoring of site licences, together with any fee associated with the holding of a register of site rules.

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