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Caravan parks and camping grounds

There are more than 32 caravan parks and camping grounds operating in Eurobodalla Shire. Council plays an important role in regulating these parks and grounds via its inspection program and approval to operate process.

Approval of caravan parks and camping grounds

Planning approval

Development for the purpose of caravan parks and camping grounds is regulated under:

The LEP regulates whether caravan parks or camping grounds are permitted on any particular parcel of land.

For more advice about how to obtain approval for a caravan park/camping ground, refer to the development process page.

Approval to operate a camping ground or caravan park

An approval from Council under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act) is needed to operate a camping ground or caravan park. The approval lapses after five years (or such shorter or longer period set by Council).

The relevant Regulation for caravan parks and camping grounds is:

You can apply for approval to operate your caravan park or camping ground:

Installing various types of moveable dwellings and associated structures in camping grounds or caravan parks

Installations are also regulated by the Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005.

Installation of a caravan, associated structure (ie, verandah, carport), relocatable home, tent or annexe on a dwelling site in a caravan park does not need the prior approval of Council if it is designed, constructed and installed in accordance with the Regulation and the approval holder agrees to the installation.

However, Council approval is needed to install a relocatable home, rigid annexe or associated structure on a dwelling site in a camping ground or caravan park if the home, annexe or structure is more than one storey in height and/or is on flood-liable land.

You can apply for approval:

Temporary camping grounds/caravan parks

A camping ground/caravan park operated for up to six weeks in connection with a recreational, sporting or cultural event is not subject to the same operating requirements the Regulation sets for permanent grounds and parks. However, development consent and an approval to operate are still required for the temporary ground or park. Refer to the planning your event web page for information about the approval process.

Frequently asked questions

Below you will find some frequently asked questions and answers about the approval requirements and operation of caravan parks and camping grounds.

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When do I need approval to install a moveable dwelling or structure in a caravan park or camping ground?

When is approval needed?

Any alteration, addition or installation of a relocatable home or associated structure on flood-liable land, or that which is greater than one storey, requires the prior approval of Council.

To find out if your park is flood-liable, please speak to your park management or contact Council.

You can apply for approval:

However, Council approval is not needed for works such as:

  • paving and driveway surfacing which does not significantly alter the existing ground level
  • maintenance, repair and renovation work - limited to painting and replacing deteriorated furnishings, floor sheeting, wall cladding or roof sheeting.

Before doing these works, you should first speak to your park management, who should advise whether the work proposed is in accordance with the Regulation, and whether an Application to Install needs to be lodged with Council.

Where prior approval is not needed, all works must comply with the:

What next?

For all installations in a caravan park or camping ground, you are required to complete a Notice of Completion of Installation and send it to Council within seven days after the works are completed:

You can email your application and supporting documents to Council's Development Help Desk staff at:

What should I include with my application and how do I lodge it?

For information about what you must include with your application, refer to the checklist and fact sheet attached to the application below:

You can email your application and supporting documents to Council's Development Help Desk staff at:

Is approval needed for a temporary caravan park or camping ground and how do I apply?

A camping ground/caravan park operated for up to six weeks in connection with a recreational, sporting or cultural event is not subject to the same operating requirements the Regulation sets for permanent grounds and parks. However, development consent and an approval to operate are still required for the temporary ground or park.

Refer to the planning your event web page for information about the approval process.

Can I enclose my deck, verandah or awning?

The Regulation does not generally allow a deck, verandah or awning to be modified in order to be used as a habitable room, unless it can be shown that the conversion meets the definition of an annexe. The Regulation defines an annexe as being:

  • an attachment to a relocatable home or caravan, and
  • is used as an extension of the habitable area of the relocatable home or caravan, and
  • is capable of being erected or removed within 24 hours.'

How close can structures on a dwelling site located in a caravan park/camping ground be from other structures?

Setback requirements for structures vary depending on the type of structure proposed and the type of site it is located on. Generally, each structure must not be installed less than 3 metres from another structure in relation to a long-term site, and no less than 2.5 metres in the case of a short-term dwelling site.

Figures 1 to 3 below show the separation distances between certain installations on different dwelling sites in caravan parks.

Figure 1 - minimum separation distances for moveable dwellings and associated structures, excluding carports/garages on a dwelling site in a caravan park

Notes:

  • All installations must be set back 1m (min) from an internal park road.
  • No more than one moveable dwelling per dwelling site.
  • A caravan must not be installed on a dwelling site on which a relocatable home is installed.

Figure 2 - minimum separation distances for moveable dwellings and associated structures, including carports/garages on a dwelling site in a caravan park

Notes:

  • All installations must be set back 1m (min) from an internal park road.
  • Carports must have a minimum of two sides open and half of its perimetre open. If not, then this structure will be defined as a garage and must comply with clause 140 of the Regulation.
  • No more than one moveable dwelling per dwelling site.
  • A caravan must not be installed on a dwelling site on which a relocatable home is installed.

Figure 3 - Minimum separation distances for various types of installations in a caravan park

Notes:

  • All installations must be set back 1m (min) from an internal park road.
  • Carports must have a minimum of two sides open and one-third of its perimeter open. If not, then this structure will be defined as a garage and must comply with cl 140 of the Regulation.
  • No more than one moveable dwelling per dwelling site.
  • A caravan must not be installed on a dwelling site on which a relocatable home is installed.

How much of a dwelling site can be occupied with a relocatable home?

No more than two-thirds of the dwelling site should be occupied by a relocatable home and other roofed structure.

The calculation of site coverage for camping grounds and caravan parks is explained under clause 139 of the Regulation.

In the case of a caravan park, the dwelling site, if not already provided with a covered car space or if there is no resident parking space provided elsewhere within the park, must have an accessible area car space (measuring 3m by 6m), which should also be included in the calculation of site coverage.

What could happen if work was carried out on a dwelling site not in accordance with the Regulation?

If Council becomes aware that work has been carried out on a dwelling site not in accordance with the Regulation, Council may take enforcement action, which could include any of the following:

  • the issue of a formal letter
  • the issue of verbal advice
  • the issue of notices/orders
  • refusal to issue an approval to operate the manufactured home estate/caravan park, or
  • commencement of legal proceedings.

We can help you

If you need more information about caravan parks and camping grounds, please phone our Development Help Desk:

  • T: 02 4474 1231
  • E: Council's Development Help Desk
  • visit our customer service centre at the corner of Vulcan Street and Campbell Street, Moruya, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Disclaimer: This information is for general information purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal advice.