I have been refused planning permission in the past can I still become a certified site?
If you have been refused planning permission for your glamping site you can still apply to be one of our certified sites. We will need to know the reason for planning being refused in the first place. We will then carry out our own checks and decide whether your site is suitable.
Is it better to apply for planning permission or to become a certified site?
Planning permission is rarely granted for glamping sites. On the occasions that planning is granted it will usually come with a long list of restrictions. You will actually have more freedom by becoming a certified site.
Depending on the size of your site and the facilities you have to offer, you will be able to run more glamping units through an exemption than you would with full planning permission. The process of becoming a certified site is also much faster than applying for planning.
What if I want to have bell tents and shepherd huts on my site, can I apply for both?
Yes, you can apply for a camping licence and a caravan licence. The caravan licence will allow you to have up to 5 caravans or hard glamping units such as shepherd huts, Pods or Domes.
A camping licence will allow you to have a number of bell tents/Safari tents or similar dependent on the size of your site.
Can I build decks for my tents and verandas for my shepherd huts?
Permanent decks and structures are not permitted. Anything that uses concrete or anything that can be considered as 'footings' will need planning permission.
There are however ways around this and ways that we can build stunning deck areas without breaking the rules. We can supply much more information on this subject when you become a certified site.
If we cannot have anything permanent on site, what do we do about toilets, bathrooms and other facilities?
As a certified site you are not permitted to build anything permanent such as shower/toilet blocks or have decks with posts concreted into the ground etc. Fortunately there are ways around this though.
The 'spirit' of a certified site is that everything must be movable. In theory you need to be able to lift or crane things onto a lorry if necessary. We say 'in theory' because our licences are valid all year round and so you would not actually have to remove anything as long as you are a certified site.
This gives us lots of options when it comes to facilities. We can go into more detail when you join and we can recommend some fantastic products. We can offer discounts and priority with some suppliers as a perk for our certified sites.
What are the main benefits of becoming a certified site?
By becoming a certified site you can trade all year round as a campsite without the need for planning permission. There are much less restrictions with a camping exemption and you always have the option of expanding and improving your site.
We can offer advice on setting up which will save you huge amounts of time and money. All of the members of our board are successful glamping site owners themselves and can share a wealth of knowledge with you.
We work closely with shepherd hut manufacturers and glamping equipment suppliers. Some of these companies offer generous discounts and short lead times for our certified sites.
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Is the annual fee tax deductible?
Yes, the annual fee is fully tax deductible. You will be given a valid receipt so that it can be off-set from your taxes.
What is the application process and how long does it take?
If you would like to apply to be one of our certified sites please get in touch and let us know about your plans. Briefly describe your site and what type of accommodation you would like to have.
After a brief introduction we will contact you with more information about the process and any fees involved.
You can either email us or get in touch via the contact form.