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Exemption from Site Licences

These allow organisations promoting recreational or instructional objectives to make responsible use of land as a camping/caravanning sites, without the need for a site licence from a Local Authority or planning permission as long as certain conditions are met.

These exemptions are granted to approved organisations rather than landowners (known as exempted organisations) and are not an alternative to planning permission.

Schedule 1 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 details cases where a Caravan Site Licence and Planning and planning permission is not required.

How does an organisation qualify for an exemption certificate?

An organisation is eligible for an exemption certificate if:

  • it is formally constituted
  • encouraging and promoting recreational activities are among its objectives
How to apply

The Scottish Government will consider applications from organisations whose activities are solely in Scotland.  Applications to ged.millar@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 governs the caravan site licensing regime. It covers most privately-owned residential mobile home sites, holiday sites and privately-owned Gypsy/Traveller sites.