Caravan parks and camping

Council regulates caravan parks and camping grounds to ensure that they are maintained in a clean and hygienic condition and that they provide appropriate facilities. Compliance with Council's requirements will assist you in providing a safe environment for your customers.

Do I need an approval?

When you need an approval

The use of an area of land for accommodation in any of the following:

Council does not have any specific information on licensing caravan parks and camping.

When you do not need an approval

The following activities do not require an approval from Council:

Council does not have any specific information on licensing caravan parks and camping.

How to apply

To apply for a caravan park and camping grounds approval, you will need to submit a complete application to Council. The following information will assist you in ensuring your application is complete and that you consider other applications that may be required for your business.

Approval includes a consent, permission, licence, permit or authorisation.

Development Approval

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has the relevant development approval (if required) to prevent the application being delayed.

Related Applications

  • Do you intend to, or already operate a food business? If yes, you may require a food business licence.
  • Do you intend to, or already have any advertising signs erected? If yes, you may require an advertising sign permit.
  • Do you intend to, or already discharge trade waste to Council’s sewer system? If yes, contact Council.
  • Do you intend to build additional buildings, or structures such as annexes, sheds or carports? If yes, you may need to obtain building approval, either from Council or a private certifier.
  • Plumbing approval may also be required for any new plumbing works carried out on site.
  • Do you intend to sell alcohol on the premises? If yes, contact the Queensland Government Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

Forms

Application forms are available from Council offices.

    Plans

    Caravan parks and camping grounds must be set out in accordance with Council requirements.

    To assess the suitability of your premises, you are required to submit the following plans with your application:

    • Layout plans detailing the intended location of all caravan sites, buildings, cabins, camping areas and access roads to a suitable scale (e.g. 1:100). Ensure your plans show:
      • size and number of each campsite and caravan site
      • site boundaries, outlines of buildings and the use of the adjoining properties
      • the position and number of all amenities (toilet, shower and laundry facilities)
      • the position of all water points and waste receptacles
      • details of water quality, reticulation and drainage.

    If you are not the owner of the land on which the caravan park or camping ground is to be situated, you will need to provide the written consent of the land owner.

    You can download an example plan (PDF 515KB).

    Certification

    Permanent buildings and structures are controlled under Queensland’s building legislation. Depending on the type, size and intended use of the building or structure, you may require building approval and certification from a building certifier. Where a caravan is being used for longer term residential purposes, it can be considered a fixed structure under the Building Act 1975 and may also require a building approval.

    Swimming pools associated with a caravan park or camping ground need to be fenced and have barriers to safeguard young children from drowning or injury. You will require a current pool safety certificate stating that the fence and barriers comply with Queensland's swimming pool barrier standard, MP3.4 of the Queensland development code (ASPX, 5.4 MB).

      Public Liability Insurance

        Whilst Council does not require you to have public liability insurance for this approval, you should research all options regarding your business insurance requirements.

        How to submit an application

        Applications can be submitted (with the relevant fee) in person at Council offices or by surface mail.

        The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity (e.g. person(s) or company). Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the approval holder. 

          Process for new caravan and camping parks

          • You are responsible for ensuring the caravan park and camping ground approval application is complete.
          • Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant development approval to prevent the application being delayed.
          • Council will process your application within agreed time frames. You will be contacted should additional information be required to process your application.
          • You need to supply safe drinking water to your customers. The town water supply should be used when it is available, as non-reticulated water may be contaminated with viruses, bacteria, parasites and chemicals. If you cannot use the town water supply, you will need to demonstrate the drinking water you supply is safe.
          • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.
          • When approved, you can then operate the caravan park and camping ground in accordance with the approved application.
          • You must contact Council for an inspection and receive approval prior to commencing operation.
          • Council will inspect the premises on a regular basis.

            Process for taking over existing caravan and camping parks

            • As a new operator you are responsible for ensuring the caravan park and camping ground application is complete.
            • You may apply for a search to confirm that there is a current approval and to ascertain the current level of compliance. This process may require written permission from the vendor.
            • Alterations to the site may require development and/or building approval. You may apply to Council for a full planning and development certificate, prior to lodgement of your application. Generally, there is a fee for this application and it will involve a Council officer conducting an inspection of the site. For more information about planning and development certificates, contact Council.
            • You will be contacted should additional information be required to process your application.
            • When approved and there are no alterations to the premises, you can commence operation. Council will inspect the premises on a regular basis.

            Process for making changes to existing caravan and camping parks

            • You are responsible for ensuring the caravan park and camping ground amendment application is complete.
            • You are encouraged to contact Council to discuss any changes to your business.

            How to comply

            It is the responsibility of you and your staff to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation.

            Legislation relevant to caravan parks include:

            Regulation (Inspection process)

            Council is required to monitor the standard of operations in caravan parks and camping grounds and this is achieved through a routine inspection program. The expected frequency of these inspections will depend on the type of premises being operated and its level of compliance.

            Enforcement

            If you are providing caravan park and camping ground facilities you must have a current approval and comply with the relevant legislation and all conditions on your approval.

            If you have difficulty complying, contact Council.

            Failure to comply may result in one or more of the following enforcement actions:

            • a letter being issued requiring action or work to be conducted
            • legal notice being issued requiring action to be taken or work to be conducted
            • penalty infringement notice (PIN or on-the-spot fine)
            • suspension of an approval
            • cancellation of an approval
            • seizure of items from the property
            • prosecution.

            Complaint Management

            Council has a duty to investigate and respond to complaints received.

            A complaint may result in an inspection of your premises to ensure you are complying.

            Renewal

            You will be sent a notice prior to the expiration of your current approval that will require your immediate attention.

            If you need to amend details on your approval or require a copy of your approval contact Council.