Introduction of Fees for Certain Residential Caravan Sites
Meeting: 22/09/2015 - Cabinet (Item 82)
Report by Charles Carter, Executive Member for Growth.
The Executive Member for Growth presented the report which sought to introduce fees for certain commercial residential caravan sites. The fees would be levied on a cost-recovery basis in line with neighbouring Authorities.
1. The Council had the option of whether to charge fees or not
2. If the Council chose to charge fees it had the option whether to exempt sites
1. In introducing the legislation the Government has created an expectation that Local Authorities will charge fees. The sites affected are commercial and it is reasonable to expect them to pay the costs of the Local Authority issuing licenses and inspecting as is current practice where similar services are provided by the Local Authority to other businesses.
2. The legislation is aimed at sites run primarily on a commercial basis. The exemptions proposed are designed to exclude sites which do not fit this description
3. The proposals and justifications have been drawn up in accordance with the guidance contained in the Best Practice Guide for Local Authorities on Enforcement of the New Site Licensing Regime 2015 and A Guide for Local Authorities 2014 on setting site license fees, (Department for Communities and Local Government) and are on a cost recovery basis. The methodology to calculate the fees based on the guidance has been developed with the neighbouring authorities of Broadland and Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. The introduction of fees will ensure the Council can resource its obligations on an ongoing basis.
4. There is no requirement in the legislation to consult and the Guidance indicates that the Secretary of State does not consider that this should be necessary. In view of this and that there is clear guidance on the setting of fees which is on a cost recovery basis it is not proposed to consult.
1. The Council approve the introduction of fees for the licensing of Relevant Protected Sites; and
2. The schedule and justification of fees and proposed exemptions be agreed.