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[F1PART XIIIN.I.CARAVAN SITES

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1.(1) This Part applies to caravan sites having an area of not less than 335 square metres.N.I.

(2) In this Order—

(a)“caravan” has the meaning assigned to it by section 25(1) of the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 1963;

(b)“caravan site” means any land in respect of which a site licence is required under that Act, or would be so required if paragraphs 4 and 11 of the Schedule to that Act (exemption of certain land occupied and supervised by organisations concerned with recreational activities and of land occupied by district councils) were omitted;

(c)a caravan pitch is a “pitch for a leisure caravan” if in accordance with any licence or planning permission regulating the use of the caravan site a caravan stationed on the pitch is not allowed to be used for human habitation throughout the year;

(d)“site operator” means the person who is for the purposes of that Act the occupier of the caravan site.

2.(1) Where in a caravan site pitches for leisure caravans are separately occupied by persons other than the site operator so that a pitch so occupied is a separate hereditament, the district valuer may, notwithstanding anything contained in Article 38(2), if he thinks it proper to do so having regard to the circumstances of the case, value all or any of those pitches as a single hereditament together with so much, if any, of the site as is in the occupation of the site operator.N.I.

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(4) For the purposes of this Part a caravan pitch (and any area comprising it) shall be taken as including the caravan for the time being on the pitch if, but only if, apart from this paragraph, the caravan would be included as part of a hereditament.

(5) Where any area of a caravan site is valued as a single hereditament under sub-paragraph (1), that area shall, for the purposes of this Order, be deemed to be a single hereditament in the occupation of the site operator and shall be so treated.

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3.(1) Where an alteration is made in the [F4NAV list] in consequence of this Part, the district valuer shall serve certificates of the alteration on the persons mentioned in Article 56(8) stating—N.I.

(a)how many caravans occupied by persons other than the site operator are included in the hereditament under this Part, and

(b)how much of the net annual value is attributed to those caravans, together with their pitches.

(2) After receiving a certificate of the alteration under sub-paragraph (1) the site operator shall display a notice on the site from the beginning of April to the end of October in every year so long as the site or part of it is treated as a single hereditament under this Part (but starting with the April following the receipt of the certificate if it is received in October) and shall state in the notice so displayed—

(a)the part of the site included in the hereditament to which the certificate relates (or that the whole of the site is so included);

(b)the facts stated in the certificate under sub-paragraph (1);

(c)the amount in the pound of rate chargeable in respect of the hereditament during the year in which the notice is displayed.

(3) If at any time it appears to the district valuer that the fact stated in a certificate under sub-paragraph (1) or this sub-paragraph are no longer accurate, he shall give to the site operator a further certificate of the alteration bringing the facts so stated up to date; and the certificate or last certificate received by the site operator under this sub-paragraph shall after his receipt of it (or, if it is received in October, then from the beginning of the following April) take the place of the certificate under sub-paragraph (1) for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(b).

(4) The notice required by sub-paragraph (2) shall be displayed at some conspicuous place where it is likely to attract the attention of persons occupying pitches for leisure caravans which are included in the hereditament by virtue of this Part.

(5) If so requested by a person occupying any such pitch, the site operator shall give him in writing the information required by sub-paragraph (2) to be given by a notice under that sub-paragraph as the sub-paragraph would apply at the time of the request if a notice were required to be displayed at all times after receipt of a certificate under sub-paragraph (1) and to take account of any certificate received under sub-paragraph (3).

(6) Any site operator who, without reasonable excuse, fails—

(a)to display and keep displayed a notice as required by sub-paragraphs (2) and (4), or

(b)to give information as required by sub-paragraph (5) within one month after a written request from that person,

shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding[F5 level 3 on the standard scale].]

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