When it comes to planning permissions and licences for camping cabins, pods and facilities the best advice we can give is to do your research. The Caravan and Camping Club are a good resource and speaking to your local authority and planning officers will be time well spent.
What you need and what is permitted will depend on whether you are an existing business looking to expand or add additional cabins, or if you are considering a new site/business i.e. looking to diversify.
Please note this information is for guidance purposes only and is not legal advice.
If you plan to purchase a cabin or pod, you may be able to install it without planning permission if the building is mobile.
Our camping cabins and camping pods are classed as 'small units of prefabricated holiday accommodation placed on land, with simple support or no foundations'. They fall within the statutory definition of a caravan which is:
Any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another (whether by being towed, or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer).
You may still require the correct Caravan and Camping licences before you can install the cabins. You must also demonstrate that the cabins and pods are only occupied for short term, holiday purposes and they are not a person’s sole place of residence. You must keep a detailed register of everyone who stays and that list must be made available to the relevant local planning authority on request.
If your camping accommodation is not mobile, or you wish to install multiple cabins, we strongly advise that you check with your local authority.