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July 17, 2023

Can you Live in a Holiday Home Permanently?


If you’re considering buying a holiday home, you may wonder whether you can live full time at a UK holiday park.  As with most holiday parks it is not possible to live in a holiday home permanently as they are for enjoying recreational holidays in all year round.  

There is a difference between holiday homes on holiday parks and and residential park homes and this is controlled by their licences issued by their local authority. Holiday Home Ownership at Holgates Holiday Parks is only permitted where you have a permanent address elsewhere. 

Are you allowed to live in a caravan at a holiday park permanently?

As mentioned, most holiday parks do not allow you to live in a static caravan or have a holiday home as your permanent residence. As a holiday home owner, you must have another main residence and not live in your static caravan permanently. Your holiday home at a caravan park should only be for holiday use, for example during the summer holidays or as a weekend getaway. 

How long can you legally stay in a holiday home?

As a holiday home owner, there may be a maximum number of consecutive days that you can legally stay at your holiday home. You will find further information in the terms and conditions of holiday home ownership at your holiday park. How many days a year you can stay in your static caravan or holiday home will vary depending on the local council or local authority as each area has its own rules.  

What is the difference between holiday homes and residential park homes?

Generally, holiday homes at a holiday park are for holiday purposes and not as permanent residence, whereas a residential park home is considered a main residence and where you live permanently. 

Owning a park home at residential parks in the UK is considered a permanent residence and you will need to pay council tax. If you have a main residence and own a park home in a residential park, it will be considered a second home. 

Can I live in my holiday home all year round?

While you cannot live full time at your holiday home or static caravan at a Holgates holiday park, you can stay in your holiday home for extended periods for holiday purposes only. 

Here at Holgates, our static caravans and holiday homes in Cumbria, Lancashire and the Ribble Valley are available with a holiday licence, not a residential licence and cannot be lived in all year round. Holgates holiday home owners must provide proof of living full-time at another property at the point of sale and every year thereafter. 

When can I stay in my holiday home in the UK?

All of our Holgates holiday parks are open all year round for holiday purposes, so you can stay in your UK holiday home whatever the season! Enjoy a relaxing holiday in the warmer months or spend time with family at Christmas and New Year.    

Holiday Home Ownership at Holgates Holiday Parks 

We offer holiday homes, luxury lodges and static caravans for sale at an affordable price and in a range of locations in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Ribble Valley.  

Discover holiday home ownership at a stunning countryside or coastal location in the North West. Our holiday parks are open throughout the year for a relaxing break, whether it’s winter or spring, so you and your loved ones can make the most of your holiday home and the fantastic holiday park facilities.  

For more information on any of the holiday homes, lodges and static caravans for sale at Holgates, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team to discuss site fees, regulations regarding the site licence and how long you can consecutively stay on site in your holiday home.   

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