In Victoria, all caravan parks must be registered with their Local Government Authority in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010.
We can grant registration of a caravan park if we are satisfied the park complies with the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Park & Movable Dwellings Registration & Standards) Regulations 2010:
- standards for fire prevention and safety – requiring caravan park owners to have up-to-date fire safety measures
- emergency management planning requirements in case of possible emergencies such as bushfires, floods and severe storms
- construction standards for new movable dwellings including minimum energy efficiency requirements and referencing the Building Code of Australia for the relevant technical specifications for unregisterable movable dwellings
- caravan park registration periods
We recommend you use the Residential Tenancies Act, CFA Caravan Park Fire Safety Guideline and Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standard) Regulations 2010 with these guidelines.
Setting up a new caravan park
Before you start construction or structural works you must complete the ‘Application for plans approval’ found on page 35 under related documents.
Our Environmental Health Officers can provide you with information on the requirements of your new caravan park after your application has been submitted.
Planning and Building Departments
You should contact the Planning and Building department early in the planning process for advice on applying for any necessary approvals and permits.
Application for Plans Approval
You must submit an application for plans approval form with your proposed park plan. This should include details of the location of the proposed premises, contact details , details of all caravan sites (short and long term) and details of when the works are scheduled to start and be completed.
Approval of plans
We will assess the submitted plans within ten working days. Once assessment is complete we will advise you in writing of the outcome or any additional requirements. We are unable to approve plans that fail to provide the necessary information.
We will return for your records a copy of any approved plans.
Registration of your Caravan Park
When your registration is approved we will supply you with a certificate and you can open for trade. The certificate must be displayed in a prominent position within the premises and remain at the premises at all times.
Registration of your business is for a three year period.