Caravan sites: Fit and proper person

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About the regulations

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.

Applications

You can apply for the fit and proper person test by downloading and completing the application form below:

Icon for word Fit and Proper Person Application Form [89.52KB]

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:

  • transfer of site licence
  • change in management of the site
  • removal of a person from the register by the local authority

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 eandr@nfdc.gov.uk. If we do not receive notification within this 28 day timescale, you must apply within this 28-day period.

Exempt sites

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.

Fees

  • Application for entry on the Fit and Proper Persons Register: £214
  • Yearly fee for existing entry on the Fit and Proper Persons register:
    • £30 - 1 condition (plus a standard condition requiring payment of the fee)
    • £60 - 2 conditions (plus a standard condition requiring payment of the fee)
    • £90 - 3 or more conditions (plus a standard condition requiring payment of the fee)
  • Local Authority appointed site manager: recovery from the occupier of reasonable costs incurred in making the appointment.

What we will consider

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:

  • the owner's past compliance with the site licence
  • the long term maintenance of the site
  • whether the person has a sufficient level of competence to manage a site
  • the management structure and funding arrangements for the site or proposed management structure and funding arrangements

We also consider whether the relevant person:

  • has the right to work within the UK
  • has committed any offence involving fraud or other dishonesty, violence, arson or drugs or listed in Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (offences attracting notification requirements)
  • has contravened any provision of the law relating to housing, caravan sites, mobile homes, public health, planning or environmental health or of landlord and tenant law
  • has contravened any provision of the Equality Act 2010 in, or in connection with, the carrying on of any business
  • has harassed any person in, or in connection with, the carrying on of any business
  • has had an application rejected by any other local authority
  • is or has been personally insolvent within the past 10 years
  • is or has been disqualified from acting as a company director within the last 10 years

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.

Contact us

For further information about caravan licensing and the a fit and proper person, please contact us using the details below.

Email: eandr@nfdc.gov.uk

Phone: 023 8028 5411

Food and Safety Team
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
SO43 7PA

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