Tented camping sites

If you want to use your land as a tented camping site you will only normally require planning permission should you wish to operate for over 28 days in any calendar year, unless the site is occupied by a recreational organisation*. A licence is not normally required for short-term use of less than 28 days.

However, in addition to any planning permission which may be required above, a site will require a tent licence from the Council if it is operating:

  • for more than 42 days consecutively or
  • 60 days in total in any 12 consecutive months

Please note the provisions under Section 269 Public Health Act 1936 apply solely to tents. Any campervans/caravans onsite may require a caravan site licence. See the relevant section.

Apply for a campsite licence (tents only)


There is no fee for a tent licence application.

Tent site licence conditions

The licence will include various conditions that are designed to protect people using the site. These conditions are based on national model standards and can be varied or removed at any time as circumstances change. Conditions related to aspects such as site layout, fire precautions and sanitary facilities.

Fire Precautions

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the RRO) applies to caravan and camping sites.  The RRO replaces some fire related standards that are in current site licensing conditions.  The local Fire and Rescue Authority are the main enforcers of the RRO, however, local authority inspectors are still required to check that site owners are complying with the obligations under it.  In particular, site owners must carry out a fire risk assessment and make this available to the inspectors.

The Government website Fire Safety Law and Guidance Documents for Business contains a range of helpful information for businesses on fire safety and the requirements of the RRO.

If the site is to be sold or transferred to another person or named body, a new licence will need to be prepared together with the current conditions of licence, which will be forwarded to the new 'Licensee'.  A site inspection may also take place at this time.

Keeping us informed

You should notify us immediately in the event of any changes which may affect the validity of the site licence in order that the licence may be changed accordingly.