Set Up Your Own Campsite

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Do you have at least half an acre of unused land? 


The Camping and Caravanning Club is always on the lookout for potential locations for Certificated Sites (CSs). The Club holds special exemptions from Natural England to establish small campsites (CSs) for its members, meaning that landowners do not need planning permission or a site licence from their local authority. 

Exemptions awarded by the Club allow small campsites, once certificated, to accommodate up to five caravans or motorhomes and 10 tents for a maximum of 28 consecutive days at any one time. If a smallholder has at least half an acre of fairly level land, and it is not next door to a licensed site, there’s a good chance it will qualify for Certificated Site status. 

Once the decision has been made to set up a site, the Club offers a ‘hand-holding’ process from start to finish and have a dedicated department on hand to help and assist you along the way - 94% of our CS owners stated that the application process was ‘easy.’


There are many different reasons why landowners choose to set up their own Certificated Site, whether it is for extra income, the pleasure of meeting new people, making friends, or sharing their beautiful surroundings with others.”


Once set up, campsite owners are given access to over 580,000 Club members, a basic entry onto its online campsite directory, siteseeker.co.uk, which is viewed by members and non-members, and entry into its well-known biennial publication ‘Your Big Sites Book’ - the most comprehensive campsite guide in the UK. Campsite owners will also receive online membership, two annual site certificates, two annual site assessment visits, and access to unique discounts online, all for a biennial fee (every 2 years) of £165.00 + VAT. The Club will also provide you with a site entrance sign and a pack of onsite facility signs.

There are many different reasons why landowners choose to set up their own Certificated Site, whether it is for extra income, the pleasure of meeting new people, making friends, or sharing their beautiful surroundings with others. If you’d like to apply to set up a Certificated Site, it only takes a few minutes to complete the online application form at www.setupasite.co.uk. 

There’s no obligation at any stage, so if you decide at any point that this is no longer the route for you, just let the Club’s Exempted Camping team know and your application will be closed. If you are still unsure about becoming a Certificated Site, you can visit us today on stand 442 to chat in person with our friendly staff or you can call the Club direct and speak with one of its dedicated team members who will be happy to go through everything with you over the phone. You can ask as little or as much as you like and there is no such thing as a silly question.  

 Please call us on 024 7647 5198 or alternatively you can email exemptions@campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk