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Caravan and Tent Site Licensing

Licensing of Caravan and Tent Sites

The Licensing Team is responsible for the licensing and inspection of holiday caravan sites and tent (camping) sites throughout the County. There are currently 174 licensed holiday sites within Pembrokeshire.

Responsibility for the licensing and inspection of residential caravan sites rests with the housing team since the introduction of the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.

 

COVID - 19 Information

Extensions to Seasonal Occupancy of Caravan Sites – A Planning Guide for site owners and operators

Visitors from areas with higher incidence of coronavirus

Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Caerphilly County, new restrictions have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people living in the area.

The restrictions came into force at 6pm on 8 September 2020 and will be kept under review.  A full list of Frequently Asked Questions is now available.

There is Welsh Government guidance available for businesses on taking all reasonable measures to minimise risk to exposure of Coronavirus and this includes detail relating to visitors to accommodation. It states:

“Premises that are in a position to do so may wish to consider their approach to accepting guests from areas/regions where incidence is higher. Many types of premises, such as hotels and other accommodation providers, will have discretion to refuse admission to people, and are likely to have advance information on the home address of upcoming visitors.

Any legal obligations with regard to individuals residing in areas of higher incidence will be on those individuals. For example, where restrictions on making overnight stays are placed into law for residents within a certain area, it will be those residents who will be responsible for abiding by the law. There will be no legal obligation for accommodation providers outside an area where travel restrictions are in place to check whether guests are resident within that area, or to enforce the law by turning people from that area away. They should not, however, knowingly accommodate people who are acting in breach of the law.

We encourage all accommodation providers to consider their approach towards guests who may come from areas experiencing lockdown restrictions or other areas of high incidence. Accommodation providers may wish to communicate to all customers with existing bookings, reminding them of the law and giving them a chance to cancel or postpone their bookings.

All managers of premises are recommended to consider what their approach will be. It is also recommended that the approach allows individuals a right to discuss their particular circumstances before a final decision is taken to refuse admission”.

 

Accommodation let to persons not forming part of a single/extended household

Self-catering accommodation was permitted to  open from 11th July but should only be let to members of the same or extended household.

From 22 August, up to four households have been  allowed to join together in an extended household.  In effect the people in all the households become part of a single household and enjoy the same legal freedoms a household has – they are able to meet indoors and have physical contact. They can also stay in each other’s homes.

The key rules are that:

  • no person can be part of more than one extended household, with the exception of children who live in two homes (for example because their  parents  have separated and have joint custody)
  • all individuals in one home must belong to the same extended household
  • all of the adult members of each household must agree to join the same extended household
  • once you have agreed and joined an extended household, nobody can leave the extended household to form a new one. 

The guidance states that all of these rules are matters of law, and if individuals enter into an extended household which does not comply with these rules, or by acting as if they are  in an extended household where they are not, they are at risk of committing a criminal offence.

As there is an expectation on those letting accommodation that it is only let to members of the same or extended household, then they should not,  knowingly accommodate people who are acting in breach of the law.  

We therefore encourage all accommodation providers to consider their approach to bookings particularly in larger settings.  Accommodation providers should make it clear at booking and in all pre-stay communications that accommodation  can only be occupied by a single or extended household, with explanation of what it means to be part of an extended household.

Additional steps to support that only extended households utilise the accommodation could also include:

  • Declaration at booking;
  • Obtaining individuals proof of address;
  • Appropriate signage and welcome letters which reiterate social distancing and remind visitors not to  host people from any other households in the accommodation or meet people outside of the extended household in a cafe, pub, bar or restaurant.
ID: 1515, revised 01/10/2020