These provisions came into effect on 1 April 2014 and provide a power for local authorities to charge the site owner of a "relevant protected site" a fee for applying for a site licence. It also provides new powers with the introduction of 'compliance notices' to deal with breaches of site licence conditions.
It is designed to give greater protection to occupiers of "relevant protected sites". The licensing provisions in the Act are aimed at raising standards in the industry and delivering a more professional service to home owners. Measures also provide for more effective enforcement action by local authorities where site operators do not comply with their licence obligations.
A "relevant protected site" is defined in the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and are generally those sites where there is planning permission and /or consent by the site licence for residential occupation of the site. These are typically known as residential parks, mobile home parks or park home sites.