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Tented Camping Sites

Camping is controlled by a number of pieces of legislation, including section 269 of the Public Health Act 1936  and the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.

If a landowner wants to use their land as a tented camping site they will normally require planning permission to operate for over 28 days in any calendar year, unless the site is occupied by a recreational organisation*.

In addition, a site will require a licence from the Council if operating

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

If you have planning permission you can apply for a licence at There is no fee for this application. Before you apply, you can discuss it with us - email or call the office on 023 8028 5230 (option 1).

Please also contact us if you need to transfer an existing campsite licence or amend site licence conditions.

Licences are normally issued with conditions including:

  • how the site should be laid out
  • how many tents are allowed
  • what toilet and washing facilities should be provided


*Members of recreational organisations which meet certain requirements can camp on land without a site licence and without the need to apply for planning permission if their organisation holds a camping exemption certificate issued under section 269(6) of the 1936 Act. More information on  the application for a camping exemption certificate is available on the website.

Updated: 28 Feb 2018
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