Government Issues Park Homes Licence Fee Guidance
The Government has issued a guide for local authorities on setting licence fees under the Mobile Homes Act 2013 due to come into force on the 1st of April 2014.
In summary, from 1st April local authorities will be able to charge fees for:
- considering applications for the issue or transfer of a site licence;
- considering applications for altering conditions in a site licence; and
- administration and monitoring of site licences.
The fee for administration and monitoring is levied as an annual fee. Where a local authority decides to charge fees these must be published in its Fees Policy document. Fees must be transparent and reasonable.
The guidance issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) also provides advice on matters that a local authority can and cannot take into account when setting fees, setting fee structures and how fees are to be calculated.
The DCLG has separately also published a guide for park owners on the changes brought about by the Mobile Homes Act 2013 to the procedures and penalties for enforcement of site licence conditions on residential parks.