What is the difference between residential static caravans and holiday homes in the UK?,

What is the difference between residential static caravans and holiday homes in the UK? Of course, everyone knows that holiday caravans are purchased specifically for holidays, meaning they'll only be used for a warmer part of the year.

If you wish to purchase a static caravan for residential living, you need to make sure that the caravan will meet the regulations and find a caravan park permitting residential static caravans.

Given the difference in their intended use, holiday homes and residential caravans must adhere to different standards and regulations. Consequently, there's a substantial difference in price between the two options. So, besides their names, what sets a holiday home apart from a residential static caravan?

Building Regulations for Residential Static Caravans

All types of accommodation must comply with specific regulations during construction. Residential caravans, for instance, must adhere to BS3632, which was first formulated in 1963 and revised in 2005 and 2015 to ensure compliance with contemporary living standards.

BS3632 mandates that all residential caravans must include:

- Central heating throughout

- A-rated appliances (e.g., ovens, fridges)

- Soundproof walls

- Insulated walls, roofs, and floors

- Thermostatic control of hot water

- Double-glazed doors and windows

- An alternative or renewable energy source

As such, a residential caravan must meet the standards expected of traditional housing since it's intended for comfortable everyday living. As one chooses to live permanently in a static caravan, it is important to consider whether it will provide the same level of comfort as brick and mortar house. It is worth noting, that static caravans are limited to internal dimensions not exceeding 65 feet in length, 22 feet in width, or 10 feet in height.

Building Regulations for Holiday Homes

The building regulations for holiday homes differ slightly from those for residential caravans since they aren't designed for permanent residency. Nonetheless, holiday homes must still adhere to existing legislation, following the regulations outlined in BSEN1647.

The main difference between BS3632 and BSEN1647 lies in insulation standards. Holiday homes, intended for use primarily in months, do not require extensive heating and insulation. Consequently, some static caravan makes wouldn't meet legal regulations for year-round residency, particularly in safeguarding against winter cold. Lucky us in Somerset as we get quite mild winters!

Here, at Holiday Resort Unity, we are open for the most part of the year, and we want you to have a comfortable stay, regardless of the season. This is why all our static caravans are well insulated, have central heating and is suitable to stay during the colder season too.



Due to the differing standards of construction, there's a notable discrepancy in price between holiday homes and residential caravans. For instance, residential caravan prices can range from £125,000 to £286,237, while our brand-new holiday homes in Brean range from £38,995 to £325,000 making holiday homes available for more people with different budgets. As a holiday resort, we offer much more than just a plot of land for your holiday home, but a plethora of activities to make every holiday unforgettable.

As a holiday home owner, you will receive a Privilege card, allowing you to exclusive perks within our resort. Enjoy free daily access to the biggest in the area water park, half-price admission fee to all-weather children fun time at Brean Play, golf round at Brean Golf Club and much more. If you love the great outdoors, the sandy Brean and Berrow beach is only steps away, and lots of other South West attractions, like Wookey Hole, Glastonbury Tor and Cheddar Gorge caves are within an hour’s drive.

Tax Registration

Another distinguishing factor is the tax registration laws. British law mandates that every UK resident must have a registered address for tax purposes. Since holiday homes are not a place of permanent living, they aren't tax registered, and owners must have a registered address elsewhere in the country.

Access Limitations for Holiday Homes

At Holiday Resort Unity and Brean Leisure Park, we proudly call ourselves a holiday resort and we do not permit residential living on site. All our parks are closed from the middle of November until the beginning of February, except Brean Country Club, which is open all year round, but also allows a maximum stay of 28 consecutive days.

Licensing Variances

Holiday homes and residential caravans require different site licensing, which is typically displayed at the main office or on a noticeboard. Copies are also available from the local council's licensing department, detailing health and safety regulations, required amenities and services, and the permitted number of homes in the park.

Contact Our Friendly Team

Whether you're exploring the idea of holiday home ownership or looking for a perfect match for your holiday retreat, we're here to assist you. Our team members will be delighted to guide you through our accommodation options and choose the best park for your budget and preferred holiday style. Book your appointment now and not only meet our friendly team but also experience all our resort facilities!