Caravan parks and camping

​The Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995 (the Act) is the principal legislation governing caravanning and camping in Western Australia. For those people considering establishing a caravan park, it is strongly suggested that you obtain a copy of the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Regulations 1997​. Within it is a lot of pertinent information to the requirements for the setting up and maintaining of a caravan park.
In addition to caravan parks, this legislation also governs other camping issues. People found to be camping in locations where they have not sought permission of the landowner face infringements or the possibility of prosecution. For land owned or vested in the Shire of Manjimup, unless prior approval has been granted, the penalty for a successful prosecution is up to $1,000. Signs indicating as such have been or currently are being erected in problem areas.

The legislation governs the length of stay for camping permissible on land, which one has a legal right to camp on. An example of this situation would be a person residing within a caravan or tent on a vacant block that they own. The legislation states that a person may camp for up to three nights in any period of 28 consecutive days on any land they are legally entitled to camp on. The reasoning behind this is to effectively govern important public health issues such as potable water supply, liquid and solid waste disposal as well as the need to ensure minimum habitable standards.

Should you wish to camp for a longer period than three nights, you will need to make written application to the Shire of Manjimup outlining your reasons. An application should provide details including:
  • Details of landowner;
  • Written permission if not the landowner;
  • Names and ages of campers;
  • Physical address of intended location;
  • Site plan;
  • Details of any existing or intended structures (whether or not to be used for camping)​;
  • Detail of water source for potable supply;
  • Details of waste disposal; and
  • Reason for making request.

Assessment of extended camping considers matters which may affect the health, safety and amenity of the campers and surrounding community and any requirements of the Building Code of Australia. Please contact us for further details.

Camping approval for an event

​Should you wish to provide camping facilities for an event, you must apply in writing to the Shire of Manjimup not less than 30 working days before the event, for approval for a temporary camping ground. Download the application form here. For more information, please refer to Council's policy Temporary camping grounds for events​.

Page reviewed: 27 Jan 2017 9:12am