Caravan Parks, Camping and Temporary Accommodation

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New and Existing Caravan Parks

Existing Caravan Parks

There are numerous caravan parks within the Shire. These are required to be licenced with the Shire and renewed annually.

Caravan parks are inspected by the Shire of Denmark for compliance with the Caravan Parks and Camping Ground Act and Regulations.

New Caravan Parks

A new caravan park or camping ground requires both planning approval and a separate licence under the Caravan Park and Camping Grounds Act. In the Shire of Denmark, new caravan parks can only be considered on a property in a Rural or Tourist zone.  

Having campers or caravans pay to stay on your property falls under the same rules as all other caravan parks and camping grounds.

For more information on establishing a new caravan park or camping ground please visit our Guidelines and Information Sheets page.

To report an issue, please complete our online Report It form.

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Construction or Alteration to Your Caravan

You must discuss your proposal with the Caravan Park Manager as all applications will require written approval.

If you are constructing a free-standing patio, ensuite, carport or shed you are required to apply for approval from the Shire of Denmark. You will need to apply for a building permit.

If you are intending to bring a park home and construct a rigid annexe you are required to apply for approval from the Shire of Denmark. You will need to complete one of the following applicable forms.

To report an issue, please complete our online Report It form.

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Camping on Private Land

Caravan parks and camping grounds legislation specifies the length of time a person can camp on land which they own or are legally permitted to camp on.

The legislation states a person may camp for no longer than three consecutive days in any 28-day period.

The rationale behind this is to effectively manage public health concerns such as potable water supply and liquid and solid waste disposal as well as the need to provide a minimum habitable standard.

To reside longer than three days will require approval from the Minister of Local Government.

To report an issue, including illegal camping, please complete our online Report It form.

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Temporary Accommodation While Building

If you are considering living onsite during the construction phase of a new dwelling, you must apply in writing for approval to live in temporary accommodation. Note:

  • Applications for temporary accommodation are generally for building sites outside town site boundaries.
  • Applications for lots zoned “Residential” within any town site boundary will be declined unless extraordinary circumstances exist.

Please submit your application letter to the Shire of Denmark Chief Executive Officer.

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Contact

Our Planning, Building, Environmental Health and Ranger Services teams are available to assist with queries related to caravans, camping and temporary accommodation. Contact us on 9848 0300 or enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au.


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