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This page explains new regulations, The Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020, which apply to owners and licence holders of residential caravan sites. . The purpose of the legislation is to improve the standards of park home site management, by introducing an assessment to ensure that the person responsible for managing the site is suitable and of good character, and as such does not pose a risk to the welfare or safety of persons occupying mobile homes on the site. The requirement for the person responsible for managing the site to be a fit and proper person is in addition to the requirement for a site to be licensed.
The fit and proper person requirement will make it an offence for a site licence holder to operate a park home site unless they, or their appointed manager, are a fit and proper person to do so. Under some circumstances we have the power to appoint a fit and proper person to manage the site, with the owner's consent.
You can apply for the fit and proper person test by downloading and completing the application form below:
For existing sites, applications must be made in the period between 1 July 2021 and midnight on 30 September 2021.
Once this introductory period is complete, existing site owners must also apply again if the circumstances relating to the nominated fit and proper person change in relation to an existing caravan site; for example:
In such cases, you will have 3 months to make a new application, so long as the change in circumstances has been notified to us within 28 days. Notify us or submit applications by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we do not receive notification within this 28 day timescale, you must apply within this 28-day period.
A site is exempt from the requirement for a fit and proper person if it is "a non-commercial family occupied site". This is a site only occupied by members of the same family and not being run on a commercial basis. See the GOV.UK - legislation website for more details.
To be sure that the relevant person is a fit and proper person to manage the site, and to add them to the register, we will consider:
We also consider whether the relevant person:
We also may consider the conduct of any person associated or formerly associated with the relevant person (whether on a personal, work or other basis), if it appears that the person's conduct is relevant. We can also consider any evidence on any other relevant matters.
For further information about caravan licensing and the a fit and proper person, please contact us using the details below.
Phone: 023 8028 5411
Food and Safety Team
New Forest District Council