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DCLG consults on changes in the licensing regime for residential parks in England
Published on 21/11/2013

DCLG have issued a consultation paper setting out the Government’s proposals for new rules relating to the transfer and grant of park home site licences with effect from 1 April 2014.

The Summary of proposals states:

  • As of 1 April 2014 the Mobile Homes Act 2013 will introduce measures to provide for a modern reformed local authority licensing regime to ensure local authorities are properly funded and have sufficient tools and powers to take enforcement action.

  • Local authorities will be given discretion to refuse to grant a licence or transfer one from one party to another (a new power).

  • When considering whether to grant a licence or approve a transfer of an existing licence, local authorities must have regard to both the proposed management structures to be in place by the new licence holder and any outstanding licensing issues with the existing one.

  • Local authorities may refuse to grant or transfer a licence until they are satisfied any outstanding issues (such as works required by the licence or the payment of outstanding debts) have been resolved.

  • Local authorities will be able to charge a fee for considering an application for the grant or transfer of a licence.
  • Comments on the consultation paper should be sent directly to parkhomes@communities.gsi.gov.uk by 6 January 2014. The NCC would be pleased to receive a copy of any response to alicia.d@thencc.org.uk

    To view the Site Licensing discussion paper in full, click here. To view a summary of the Site Licensing discussion paper, click here

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