’28 Day Rule’, Certificated Caravan and Camping Sites

A brief guide to what is permitted under planning law

This page is intended to be a helpful and simple guide and should not be regarded as a full interpretation of the law.

If you have any doubts, please contact us:

Email: dc@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk
Telephone: 01646 624800

Development Management
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Llanion Park
Pembroke Dock
SA72 6DY

’28 Day Rule’


  • The ’28 Day Rule’ allows a landowner to use land for tented camping only without having to get formal planning permission for 28 days in a calendar year
  • Please note that there are restrictions in the use of the land in this way.

Timescale Constraints

  • The land cannot be used for more than 28 days in any calendar year
  • The 28 days do not have to be consecutive
  • We would advise you to record the exact dates when the land is being used
  • The 28 days is not per person or family; it is the total number of days you can use the land for the calendar year
  • Any day when a temporary structure (e.g. portable toilet) remains on site counts as one of the permitted 28 days.

Land Type Constraints

  • The land must not be part of any land associated with an existing building, including house gardens, car parks, agricultural buildings and listed buildings
  • Land combined within existing caravan sites cannot be used as a 28 day site.

Permitted on a ’28 Day’ site

  • Tents and trailer tents
  • Glamping accommodation without solid bases
  • Moveable structures on wheels or skids in connection with the use of the site, including portable toilets
  • Vehicles used solely for transportation to the site (cars, vans and trailers)
  • Land over five acres – up to three caravans can be pitched at a time. The maximum stay for each caravan is two nights
  • Land under five acres – only one caravan can be pitched at a time. The maximum stay for any caravan is two nights.

NOT Permitted on a ’28 Day’ site

  • Glamping accommodation with solid bases – including but not restricted to: yurts, tipis, pods and bell tents
  • Any permanent structures including but not restricted to: agricultural buildings, toilet blocks, shops, laundry rooms
  • Mobile holiday homes, Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
  • Temporary facilities on wheels or skids that require separate licensing, including but not restricted to: ‘burger vans’
  • Any electrical hook-up points and/or substantial utilities services such as stand-alone sinks uncharacteristic of agricultural fields.

Aerial photo of Caerfai Bay near St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Caravan Exemption Certificated Sites


  • A camping or touring caravan exemption certificate allows a recreational organisation to camp or caravan on land without a site licence or the need to apply for planning permission.

Caravan and Motorhome Constraints

  • The land can accommodate up to five caravans and/or motorhomes at any one time.

Tent Constraints

  • Typically, certificated sites will also include spaces for up to 10 tents depending on space
  • A greater number of tents can be allowed if permission is granted by the organisation issuing the certification.

Use Constraints

  • The site cannot be used all year round
  • A site certificate is renewed annually
  • When the certificate expires the use of the land as a caravan site must stop
  • All caravans on the site must be removed as soon as possible.

Exempted Organisation Rallies

  • Exempted organisations can hold gatherings of their members on sites for up to five days
  • Most organisations tell the Authority when and where this is happening at the start of the main season.

Further Information

Visit the Gov.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/camping-and-caravanning-site-exemption-certificates-know-the-rules-and-how-to-apply.


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