For various reasons, many people are interested to know whether or not it is possible to live in a static caravan all year round. Static caravans vary in size and quality and many modern models come with double glazing and can easily facilitate central heating either via a condensing boiler or with piped or bottled gas. A number of the higher-end static caravans are also built to residential specifications and will quite literally last a lifetime if they are maintained appropriately.
So, with house prices proving unaffordable for many, especially in and around city centres, is living in a static caravan a viable option?
No, you can’t legally live all year round on a holiday park. By definition a holiday park is not allowed to be used as a permanent residential address and the vast majority of holiday parks shut down and are not permitted to be occupied for at least 6 weeks during the winter. Owning or renting a residential property in addition to a holiday home is a legal requirement and if you did live fraudulently on a holiday park, you would have no right to vote or register with a doctor.
Static caravans and lodges on holiday parks are designed to be used as holiday homes rather than primary addresses or a place of permanent residence. Many people do however, live in their static caravan for several months at a time, making use of the facilities that may be found on the park and soaking up the laid back atmosphere.
In theory it would be possible to live year round in a static caravan; if it were to be located on a residential park home. However, it is relatively rare to find a static caravan for sale on a residential park. Despite the fact that a growing number of static caravans are built to residential specifications, by definition they are not intended to be lived in all year round and residential park homes will normally only accommodate specifically designed & manufactured park homes.
In addition to this, local councils and other governing bodies have regulations laid down in regards to what type of a ‘home’ can be sold to live in all year round. It’s possible that static caravans will not allowed to be sold on certain residential parks and in certain areas of the country.
Park homes are usually a similar size to a small house but are not made from traditional bricks & mortar. Frames tend to be made from steel, floors from high grade tongue & groove boards nailed to timber joists and roofs from battens, plasterboard and steel tiles. As park homes are designed to be lived in for years and all year round, a new one will normally cost in excess of £100,000 and the site fees/ground rent tend to be substantially higher than those for caravans on holiday parks.
The exact rules and regulations in regards to living in a static caravan on your own land do vary by council but it is normally not allowed on a permanent basis and planning permission is required before the caravan is sited on the land.
There are a few exceptions to this however. Living in a caravan on your own land is normally allowed whilst renovations are taking place on your home, although this must obviously not be on a permanent basis.
It is within the law to site a caravan within the ‘curtilage’ of your home i.e. in your garden or on your drive, without having to acquire planning permission. However the static caravan or mobile home must accompany the house for ancillary uses only – for example, for guest accommodation, and cannot be the primary living or sleeping area.
To summarise – you can’t live on a holiday park all year round, however with a holiday home at a Darwin Escapes park or resort, you can enjoy the freedom of impulsive getaways and extended holidays for weeks or even months at a time. With a range of static caravans manufactured to residential specifications, you can get away from it all throughout all four seasons of the year. Please visit the Darwin Escapes website for more information.