Caravans and the law


Monday, November 14, 2016


QUESTION: Councillor F. Timmons

To ask for a report into what changes would be needed (Legislation and Council) to allow people house there family/relatives in a mobile Home/Caravan in their back garden? and to outline what needs to be done to achieve these changes


Under both the Planning and Development Acts and the Planning Regulations numerous references are made to dwellings/ houses and caravans / mobile homes which make it apparent that dwellings and caravans are quite different both in terms of what they are considered to be and in regard to their use e.g. reference to caravan’s use in camping.   Houses / dwellings are referenced in the legislation as habitable structures, while caravans mobile homes are not. There are several definitions and regulations pertaining to caravans and dwellings that would have to be amended to facilitate the use of mobile homes / caravans for housing rather than camping.

The South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016 – 2022 provides that only the use class “Caravan Park – Residential” – defined as “the use of land for the accommodation of caravans or similar structures for year round human habitation” can accommodate year round human habitation, i.e. not back gardens. Back gardens are provided in residential development as private amenity space for permanent dwellings in approved developments. There are also policies relating to sub-division of residential development in the plan covering amenities, access, infrastructure etc..  To facilitate the use of mobile homes / caravans for housing would in addition to changes in both legislation and regulations require numerous amendments to the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016 – 2022.


300-101   400-101   300-320   300-070   300-206   200-310   300-135   300-208   810-403   400-050   640-916   642-997   300-209   400-201   200-355   352-001   642-999   350-080   MB2-712   400-051   C2150-606   1Z0-434   1Z0-146   C2090-919   C9560-655   642-64   100-101   CQE   CSSLP   200-125   210-060   210-065   210-260   220-801   220-802   220-901   220-902   2V0-620   2V0-621   2V0-621D   300-075   300-115   AWS-SYSOPS   640-692   640-911   1Z0-144   1z0-434   1Z0-803   1Z0-804   000-089   000-105   70-246   70-270   70-346   70-347   70-410