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Park homes and caravan sites

The Council is responsible for the licensing of caravan and park home sites and for ensuring the conditions of the site licence are adhered to.

We have a duty to issue licences to all caravan sites within the district, providing the applicant has valid planning permission. The Private Sector Housing Team encourages good standards in park homes caravan sites and responds to complaints about unsatisfactory caravans and sites.

Land being used as a caravan site requires a Caravan Site Licence (but there are some limited exceptions). 

Applying for a licence Toggle accordion

If you think you need to apply for a licence you should approach the Private Sector Housing Team at the Council. 

You should only submit an application once you have planning permission to use the land as a caravan site.  Further information regarding planning permission can be found on the Council’s Planning Department webpages.

A licence application will need to include a lay-out plan of the site to a scale of not less than 1/500. The plan should clearly show:

  • all boundaries of the site;  
  • the position of the caravans;  
  • any roads and footpaths;  
  • any foul and surface water drainage;  
  • any recreational spaces;  
  • any parking spaces;  
  • any toilet blocks, stores and other buildings  
  • any water points and any fire points.

Once the Council has received your application the site will be inspected and the licence issued.  

The licence will have conditions attached. These will include:

  • The type of caravan, e.g. residential, static holiday or touring;  
  • The permitted density (the number per acre/hectare) and the spacing between caravans;  
  • Water supply and drainage; lavatory and washing facilities;  
  • Fire precautions and electrical installations;  
  • Roads, footpaths, hard standings and parking standards;  
  • Administrative requirements.

Conditions will be based on:

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Once the Council have issued a licence the site will be inspected annually.

Licensing Fees

The Council charges a fee for the licensing and subsequent inspection of sites. The fees are detailed on the following table.

Private Caravan Site and Mobile Home Park Licensing Fees 2020-21

The Issue of a New Licence:

 

 

Small Sites 1 – 9 units

£370

One-off

Medium Sites 10 – 29 units

£500

One-off

Large Sites 30+ units

£714

One-off

The Annual Site Licensing Inspection Fee:

 

 

Small Sites 1 – 9 units

£193

Annual

Medium Sites 10 – 29 units

£265

Annual

Large Sites 30+ units

£365

Annual

Transfer of a licence

£177

 

Variations (Changing conditions on licence at Council’s request)

-

One-off

Variations (Changing conditions on the licence at the site licence holder’s request)

£177

One-off

Acceptance and deposit of site licence rules

£52

One-off

 

Full details of Council’s fees and charges can be found here

Council Owned Mobile Home Sites Toggle accordion

St Albans City and District Council own 4 park home sites providing low cost home ownership.

These are at

  • Drakes Drive, St Albans

  • Meadow Close, Bricket Wood

  • Park Homes, London Colney (For couples and single people aged over 40)

  • Woodvale Park, St Albans (For couples and single people aged over 50)

All park homes

  • Are owner occupied

  • Have a written agreement and site rules

  • Can be purchased through local estate agents or privately

For information on how to purchase or sell a mobile home visit the GOV.UK website. We recommend you use a solicitor for any purchase or sale.

Please note, homes must be occupied by the owner, they are not allowed to be rented out.

Vacant plots to be re-let are rare. When available they are advertised locally.

To obtain independent advice on park homes visit The Leasehold Advisory Service at www.lease-advice.org

Complaints about Park Home and Caravan Sites

If the Private Sector Housing Team receives complaints about a site we will investigate.

Register of Licensed Mobile Home Sites Toggle accordion

Site addressLicence holderMax No. of HomesDate granted
Ardens Rise, House Lane, St Albans, AL4 9HEMr Michael Connors605/11/2018
Kingsheath Park, Bower Heath Lane, Harpenden, AL5 5EFMr Mark Smith1628/07/2005
1 Vicarage Meadow, Frogmore, Park Street, AL2 2JUSt Albans Diocesan Board of Finance130/03/2010
Frogmore Homes Park, Frogmore, St Albans, AL2 2LNFrogmore Park Homes Ltd5620/09/1999
Tullochside, Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn, AL3 7AJMr Ned Stanley2008/10/2013
1, The Paddocks, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RTMr Thomas Murphy305/10/2010
Plot 2, The Paddocks, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RTMr & Mrs Brazil111/05/2000
Plot 3, The Paddocks, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RTMrs Shirley Stanley119/09/2017
Plot 4, The Paddocks, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RTMrs Shirley Stanley119/09/2017
Plot 5, The Paddocks, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RTMr Nelson Smith220/12/1999
Plot 6, The Paddocks, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RTMr Nelson Smith111/05/2000

 

Mobile home site rules

More information

For more information, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team by email or call 01727 819 355