Starting a Campsite

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Campsites are typically run by landowners who provide suitable areas of land for campers to pitch tents. While a campsite is not legally required to offer anything more than a basic pitch, many provide facilities such as a supply of drinking water and toilets. More established campsites also provide additional facilities such as a laundry and a small shop selling basic groceries and camping equipment. Some sites also sell alcohol and are subject to strict licensing regulations.

Campsites are subject to local authority licensing and planning permission, and the facilities they provide must meet minimum standards. These include the provision of fresh water points, electrical hook-ups, WCs, wash basins, showers, and chemical waste disposal. There are certification schemes that make it possible to set up a campsite with up to 10 pitches without requiring planning permission or a local authority licence. Many campsites also provide facilities for touring caravans and motorhomes, in which case they are subject to slightly different regulation. This is covered by BOP 78, Touring Caravan Site.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a campsite. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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