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New fees for residential caravan sites in Highlands

By Gavin Musgrove

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New fees for residential caravan site licence applications have been approved by Highland Council’s communities and place committee.

The new fees are estimated to affect around 20 residential caravan sites in the region.

Site operators will be required to apply to the council’s environmental health service for a licence.

The legislation and licensing scheme has been introduced to provide protection for residents living on permanent sites to provide a secure environment for them to live safely, while taking into account the amenity of the site.

The council will be encouraging site operators to apply over a six month period with sites in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey invited to to do so next month; sites in Caithness and Sutherland to apply in March 2021; and those in Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochaber invited to apply in May 2021.

A council spokesperson said: "The cost of administering the new licence will depend on caravan site sizes and will range from one unit at £328 for a new licence to £650 for a site with 41 or more units.

"A renewed licence will be required every five years with an application fee of £268 for one unit, up to £492 for 41 or more units."

Residential caravan site operators should contact the council’s environmental health team for further information at envhealth@highland.gov.uk

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