Mobile home site licensing - site owners

Last updated: 31 July 2017

A new licensing system for mobile home sites started on 1 May 2017.

The new licensing system strengthens the rights of those living on mobile homes sites with permanent residents.

The main changes to the licensing system include:

  • giving local councils new powers for granting, managing and revoking licences
  • introducing a fixed 5 year period for site licences
  • a requirement that site licence holders (and anyone managing a site) are fit and proper
  • an appeal process so that anyone applying for a site licence can appeal against a local authority's decision

You can read the new licensing system in full in Part 5 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014.

If you plan to run a permanent residential mobile home site, you must apply to your local authority for a site licence.

If you already hold a licence under the old system, you have until 1 May 2019 to get a new licence, but you should contact your local authority in advance to make sure you meet the requirements of the new law.

If you already run a permanent residential mobile home site but you don't have a licence under the old system, you should contact your local authority immediately.

Sites the new system applies to

The new licensing system is aimed at permanent residential mobile home sites.

This means you need a licence if you own a site that:

  • is licensed to have permanent, year-round residents
  • is a 'mixed use' site – one with both residential units and holiday units

If you own a site that only has holiday units and isn't licensed to have permanent residents, you won't need a licence under the new system.

Applying for a new licence

The new site licensing system is run by local authorities. If you want to apply for a licence, contact your local authority and ask to speak to officials responsible for licensing of mobile home sites with permanent residents.

This is usually part of the Planning Department or Environmental Services Department, but it may be different depending on the authority area.

You may have to pay a fee for your new site licence. This will be set by your local authority – ask them for more information.

Fit and proper person test

Anyone who applies for a new site licence will have a 'fit and proper person test'.

This test is there to make sure the person holding the site licence (and the person who manages the site, if it's someone else) is an appropriate person to have one.

The fit and proper person test is used when someone:

  • applies for their first site licence
  • applies to renew a site licence
  • applies to transfer a site licence

If someone isn't fit and proper to hold a licence, the local authority may decide to apply to the sheriff court to revoke (take away) the licence.

Advice and information

For more advice and information on the new mobile home licensing system, visit: