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Caravan Site Fees Explained

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When looking to buy a static caravan as a holiday home there is lots to think about and consider. The first thing to consider is where, what area or region you want to have your holiday home. Once you know where, you can search for all holiday parks are in the region. When you look at the park options, consider the size, facilities, season length, site licence and costs of the park.

Cost of owning a static holiday home

You will initially have the cost outlay for your chosen static caravan but the ongoing fees should not be overlooked. These fees will be annual site fees, utilities (gas and electric) and domestic rates.

What are Site Fees or pitch fees

Static caravan site fees, also known as pitch fees, represent the cost you incur to lease the land where your static caravan is situated, provided it is not on land you own. The amount of these fees can vary significantly, depending on factors like the location, the specific type of caravan park you select, the range of on-site amenities available, and the level of maintenance services provided.

What’s included in Site Fees

As previously mentioned, the fees associated with a static caravan serve several purposes. They include the cost of renting the land and any additional space you utilise, such as a garden area. In addition, these fees also include the expenses related to maintaining the park, which include activities like grass cutting, landscaping, and various essential upkeep tasks.

Furthermore, these fees often extend to cover the following services and amenities:

  • Park security, including the presence of security personnel, and the use of CCTV cameras.
  • On-site facilities, such as restaurants, bars, shops, parks, and swimming pools.
  • Management of refuse collection within the park.

How much do site fees cost

The industry site fees are very broad as parks are all very different but research from sellmygroup.co.uk says they start average is between £2,000 and £10,000.

Our site fees vary between £3,610 to £5,510 depending on the park and they vary for all the reasons mentioned above. Here is a list of our annual 2024 site fees by park;

Abbey Farm            £4,890 to £5,480
Brooklyn                  £4,990 to £5,490
Cakes & Ale            £4,985
Percy Wood            £4,810 to £5,510
Rawcliffe Hall         £4,180 to £5,190
Riverside                 £4,990 to £5,490
White Rose             £3,610 to £4,690
Wild Rose               £4,810 to £5,510

 

Do I need to pay the site fees in one lump sum?

Site fees are billed to all our owners in October of each year for the following season.

You can either pay the fees in one lump sum or there is the option to pay in two instalments: The first instalment is due by 1st December; the second is due by 9th February the following year.

For our customers who choose to pay in full on 1st December a credit of £50 will be made to their account in January and this can be used towards the quarterly energy bills.

What other costs are there?

Beyond the annual site fee there are a few other costs to keep in mind when making sure it all is within your budget.

Utilities Costs – Many parks set calculate an average fee that all owners pay but at our parks you will only pay for what you use. All holiday homes have meters and the gas and electric are billed quarterly.

Domestic Rates Costs – At Harrisons there is no additional fee for domestic rates, these are covered within your annual site fee.

Static Caravan Insurance – You’ll need insurance coverage for your static caravan. This may include caravan insurance to protect against damage or theft and liability insurance in case of accidents on your property. You’ll find useful information and pricing at Gallagher.

Some optional costs to account for are;

Gas Safety Checks: Caravans often have gas appliances, and safety checks are necessary. These checks should be performed regularly by a qualified engineer.

Draindown – the winter period is when the majority of our owners are not using their holiday home and we heavily advise to do a winterisation check and draindown to avoid pipes freezing and the cold weather causing any damage.

If you would like more help to finding the right park for you, see our blog How to Choose the Right Park.

If you have questions about buying a holiday home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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