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Pop-Up Campsites

With a rise in people planning a staycation in Devon, pop-up campsites are a great way for landowners to provide additional camping facilities for visitors.

  • A pop-up campsite is a campsite that is temporary. It is usually a flat, accessible field that would not normally have any facilities
  • Without planning permissions, you can operate a small campsite that takes tents for 28 days of the year if you do not physically change the field. Any facilities provided need to be temporary and removed at the end of the season
  • For 2021 this has been temporarily extended to 56 days.

What do I need to consider if I want to set up a pop-up campsite?

You need to consider the location of your campsite. The best sites are locations that are in quiet areas and away from local communities or neighbours. The locations should not be on or near a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) or Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or historic monument/listed building.

  • You can only accept tents
  • Any facilities you place on your land can only be temporary, and must be removed after 56 days
  • You must display a COVID Test and Trace QR code which you can download from Gov.UK
  • It is your responsibility to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest COVID guidance for the hospitality industry
  • Although you don't need to carry out consultation, it's a good idea to talk to your neighbours and Parish Council so that they are aware of your plans.
  • You will need to manage the behaviour of your visitors to avoid unreasonable disturbance through loud music etc.

Facilities

You will need to provide the following:

  • Portable toilets
  • Handwashing station
  • Supply of water - If you have a private water supply that has not been certified for commercial and /or public use you should provide distilled water for your visitors. Most portable toilet companies can provide this for you. If you plan to temporarily extend a mains water supply, you will need to check this with South West Water. You can email them using waterregs@southwestwater.co.uk 
  • You may need to consider putting down mats in field gateways if the weather is wet. You will need to remove them after the site closes.
  • Rubbish collection and removal - you will need to consider how rubbish collected from the site is collected and disposed of. You will need to arrange for this to be taken away by a commercial rubbish company.

For more information, please read the full guidance notes.


Risk Assessments and Insurance

You need to risk assess your site. You will need to consider the risks on your farm and how you can help campers to stay safe. Think about any information that you can provide for them and the best way to communicate.

Insurance can usually be provided by the insurer who insures your land for public liability. There is usually an additional charge for this. You should make your insurers aware that you will be offering a pop-up campsite.


Are the rules different in Dartmoor National Park?

If your land is within Dartmoor National Park, you can find out more on their website at www.dartmoor.gov.uk

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