Information for caravan park owners
It is important that caravan park owners are familiar with the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Moveable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 (‘the Regulations’).
The Regulations covering caravan parks set out the following requirements for operating a caravan park in Victoria:
- Registration with local Council;
- Fees for registration;
- Standards for fire safety and emergency management planning in caravan parks;
- Construction standards and installation requirements for movable dwellings in parks; and
- Standards for services and amenities and the maintenance of sites and dwellings.
The Regulations apply to all caravan parks in Victoria, including those within the City of Ballarat. All caravan parks must hold a current registration with the Council in which they operate. For additional information in relation to the operation or registration of caravan parks within the City of Ballarat, please contact Councils Environmental Health Unit on (03) 5320 5702.
Registering a Caravan Park
Applications for Initial Registration (New caravan parks)
To apply for registration of a new caravan park for the first time, the owner must complete, and submit, a Residential Tenancies Act application to registration form to Council. Applications for registration (including applications for renewal of registration) must include:
- A plan of the park showing all the sites and all buildings;
- A copy of the Emergency Management Plan prepared for the park;
- A copy of the most recent Fire Safety Report for the park;
- A Schedule of Works (were required) and evidence of compliance; and
- The relevant registration fee applicable. Please contact Councils Environmental Health Unit on (03) 5320 5702 to obtain the applicable fee.
Renewal of Registration (Existing caravan parks holding current registration)
- Council registers caravan parks for 3 years.
- To re-register an existing caravan park, caravan park owners must complete and return the ‘Residential Tenancies Act Registration Renewal Notice’ with the stipulated prescribed fee to Council by the 1st October in the year in which the current registration expires. Council will send out registration renewal notices to caravan park owners in mid-July each year upon which the expiration of registration occurs to allow park owners sufficient time to complete and return applications by the 1st October of that year.
- These timeframes are to enable and assist Council to assess applications and to provide the registration certificate to caravan park owners prior to the expiration or existing registration certificates.
Transfer of ownership of a caravan park
- If a caravan park owners sells a caravan park, Council must be notified be notified in writing of the transfer of ownership. This notification can be submitted to Council via completing a Notice of Transfer of Ownership form. A Notice of Transfer of Ownership must be accompanied by a copy of the current caravan park certificate of registration and the prescribed fee. Please contact Council’s Environmental Health Unit to obtain the prescribed fee on (03) 5320 5702.
- To inform park users of the change of caravan park ownership, a copy of the submitted Notice of Transfer of Ownership must be displayed in a prominent position at the caravan park office for 30 days after the notice has been lodged with Council.
- Once a new caravan park owner receives a current certificate of registration from Council, the certificate must be displayed in a prominent position at the caravan park office. The new certificate is not evidence of compliance with the Regulations, with any schedule of works which is in place becoming the responsibility of the new owner.
Caravan parks are regulated by the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Moveable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 (‘the Regulations’).
The management of lease agreements, bonds and disputes between park residents and park owners are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and Consumer Affairs Victoria. Consumer Affairs Victoria has also published the document Caravan Parks – A guide for residents, owners and managers.