Apply for a permit to live in a caravan

If you want to live in a caravan on private property you may need a permit from Nillumbik Shire Council.

If you don't have a permit, you may get a fine.

Situations where you don’t need a permit

You don't need a permit if you are:

  • in a registered camping area or caravan park
  • using a caravan for storage 
  • selling, hiring or leasing a caravan, as long as it is removed when sold, hired or leased
  • in an area where caravans are already permitted under the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.

You also don’t need a separate permit to live in a caravan if it is already included in a planning permit.

Permit conditions

If a permit is granted, you must make sure to observe all conditions as set out in the Amenity Local Law, including:

  • the maximum period that is allowed is six months
  • toilet, sanitary and other facilities are require (all waste to be disposed of to an approved sewer or septic tank system)

How to apply

Apply online

Step 1.Let your neighbours know

You will need to let your neighbours know:

  • that you intend to occupy a caravan on the property
  • that they can make a written submission or comment on the proposal within 14 days by emailing

On the application form, you will need to provide each of your neighbour's names, addresses and phone numbers, and sign a declaration stating that you have notified them. 

Step 2.Allow for our turnaround time

You will need to submit your application at least 14 days before the date you want to live in a caravan. 

Step 3.Submit the online form

Apply for a permit to live in a caravan


The application fee for a permit to occupy a caravan is $105. This amount is correct as of 1 July 2022.

After your permit application is received, an invoice will be generated and emailed to you. This email will contain instructions on how to pay.

Criteria for issuing permits

To find out more about the criteria that Council uses to make a decision about this permit, see our Amenity Local Law Administrative Policy Guidelines(PDF, 751KB).