Consultation on the 2021 Review of the Caravans Act (NI) 2011

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Consultation opened on 14 December 2021. Closing date 08 March 2022 at 23:59.

Summary

The Department for Communities has a statutory duty to review the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 every 5 years. The last review took place in 2016 and the “2021 Review” has now opened for comment from interested stakeholders.
Stakeholders can complete the survey online via the link at the bottom of this page or alternatively the consultation survey questions can be accessed in the Microsoft word document below. Responses prepared in this format should be sent to the email or postal address provided within the document.

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Consultation description

The Department has launched a survey, by way of an online questionnaire to obtain the views of interested caravan owners, site owners, qualifying residents’/occupiers’ associations, caravan organisations, and anyone else affected by the 2011 Caravans Act. 

Responses will provide the Department with an understanding of emerging issues.

Parts 1 & 3 of the Act relate to the residential sector, and are the responsibility of the Department for Communities.  Part 2 of the Act relates to the holiday sector, and is the policy responsibility of the Department for Economy (DfE).  The Department for Infrastructure has a role under Part 4 of the Act to prescribe the dimensions of structures to be regarded as caravans and also holds responsibility for the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 1963 which makes provision for the licensing and control of caravan sites. The licensing system is administered by district councils who are responsible for issuing and enforcing site licences.

Therefore, in recognition of the fact that the legislative provisions contained within the 2011 Act cut across the responsibility of more than one Department, the Department for Communities has undertaken to review all sections of the Act.

Following analysis of the responses received, the Department for Communities will publish a report on the departmental website, which will outline feedback received and the next steps.

If you would prefer not to use the online survey to respond, the consultation questions can be accessed in the Microsoft Word document above. Responses prepared in this format should be sent to the email or postal address provided within the document.

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