For information on operating safely during the COVID-19 outbreak, refer to our coronavirus advice for caravan sites and campsites.
If you want to use your land as a tented camping site, you may require planning permission and to be licensed.
You should always contact the planning department before setting up any campsite, although planning permission is not normally required for short-term pop up sites operated for up to 28 days. During the pandemic this allowance has been extended to 56 days - see Pop Up Campsites in the Forest for more information.
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You may only require planning permission if you wish to operate for over 28 days in any calendar year, although sites occupied by a recreational organisation do not require planning permission.
Find out more about planning permission.
In addition to any planning permission which may be required, a site will require a licence from us if it is operating either for:
If you already have planning permission to operate as a tented camping site, you can apply for a licence at the GOV.UK website using the link below.
There is no fee for this application.
Camping site licences are normally issued with conditions, including:
Members of recreational organisations that meet certain requirements can camp on land without a site licence and without the need to apply for planning permission.
The organisation must hold a camping exemption certificate.
You can apply for a camping exemption certificate via the GOV.UK website using the link below. You can also renew an existing certificate.
Camping is controlled by a number of pieces of legislation, including:
If you have any questions about a licence application, or need to transfer or amend an existing licence, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 8028 5411.