New rules make ‘pop-up’ campsites easier for landowners

LAND can be used as a campsite for up to 60 days in any calendar year without planning permission, under new rules.

Regulations governing temporary recreational, pop-up campsites have changed, with the introduction of new permitted development rights.

Dorset Council confirmed land can still be used for up to 28 days per calendar year as a campsite with unlimited number of tents only without formal planning permission.

This right applies until July 25 next year.

However, the new rights also allow land to be used for up to 60 days in any calendar year as a campsite.

The latest change permits up to 50 pitches of either tents or campervans, but Dorset Council needs to be notified in writing first.

There may also be the need for a site licence, the council added.

Permitted development rights come from a general planning permission granted by Government rather than local councils.

These rights mean certain types of work can be carried out without needing to apply for formal planning permission.

For more information – and details – about the regulations for pop-up campsites visit

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