The government has passed legislation to allow temporary, pop up campsites to open for up to 56 days this year, an increase on the usual 28 days they are allowed for. Pop up campsites do not require planning permission.

If you are thinking of opening up a pop up campsite on your land, there are a number of things you will have to take into consideration:

  • you can only accept tents
  • you can only place temporary facilities on your land
  • please try and cut the grass as short as you possibly can
  • everything must be removed after 56 days
  • you'll need to provide portable toilets, a hand washing station and a supply of water
  • If you have a private water supply that has not been certified for commercial use you should provide distilled water for your visitors. Most portable toilet companies can provide this for you.
  • If you intend temporarily extending a mains water supply you will need to check this is acceptable with South West Water waterregs@southwestwater.co.uk
  • You may need to put down some mats in gateways if the weather is wet, and remove them after the camp site closes
  • You will need to consider how the rubbish from the site will be disposed of and arrange for this to be taken away by a licensed waste carrier such as the North Devon Council trade waste service.
  • You need to risk assess your site which must bear relation to any relevant Covid restrictions. You will need to consider the risks on your land and how you can help campers to stay safe. Think about any information that you can provide for them via email or on a temporary notice board
  • You must display a Covid test and trace QR code which you can download from GOV.UK.
  • It is your responsibility to keep yourself up to date with the very latest Covid guidance for the hospitality industry
  • Insurance can usually be provided by the insurer who insures your land for public liability. There is usually an additional charge for this

If you would like any further help and advice, please contact the council's health and safety team.