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Contact your local council for a licence if you live in England or Wales and want to use your land as a campsite (including trailer tents).

You must have planning permission for the campsite before you apply for a licence.

You don’t need a licence to run a campsite if:

  • forestry workers, builders, travelling showmen or seasonal workers (like fruit pickers) stay in tents on the site
  • the site is 5 or more acres and there are 3 or less tents there for 28 days or less a year
  • you’re a member of an organisation like the Scouts and have an exemption certificate
  • your site is approved by an organisation with a camping exemption certificate
  • members of an exempted organisation stay in their tents on the site


The council may put conditions on the licence including:

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

If you disagree with the conditions, you can appeal to a local magistrates court. The council may change licence conditions at any time but they will normally discuss any changes with you.

How to apply

Contact your local council for an application form.

Send in any information the council needs (eg a plan showing things like site boundaries, where the tents are going to be put and any washing facilities) along with your form.

You may have to pay a fee for a licence.

You can go ahead with your campsite plans if the council doesn’t reply to your application within 1 month.

Fines and penalties

You can be fined if you:

  • don’t get a licence
  • break any of your licence conditions

If you break your licence conditions, your licence may be withdrawn.