Flood affected caravan parks

For medical, police or fire emergency call 000. For emergency assistance in a flood or storm, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

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Chinderah caravan park

There are a number of caravan parks in the Tweed that were developed decades ago. When first developed, they were mainly used by short-term holiday makers, with registerable moveable caravans common.

Council’s current planning regulations aim to minimise damage from flooding in caravan parks while providing tenants of long-term sites the opportunity to have adequate convenience and security.

Motorhomes, caravans and campervans (known as ‘registerable moveable dwellings’) do not require approval from Council to stay in caravan parks as they are road legal vehicles.

For the health and safety of visitors and residents, Council’s Policy Unregisterable Moveable Dwellings and Annexes on Flood Liable Land aims to ensure only appropriate moveable dwellings and associated structures are installed on flood affected caravan parks.

Council has and continues to work with the State Government to improve laws relating to caravan parks in NSW.

Replacing or rebuilding - what you need to know

  1. Motorhomes, caravans and campervans (known as ‘registerable moveable dwellings’) do not require approval from Council to stay in caravan parks as they are road legal vehicles.
  2. Relocatable or manufactured homes are not allowed in caravan parks located on flood-prone land (flood-liable land). For more information, visit flood risk management
  3. Carports, awnings and other rigid structures such as garden sheds, pergolas and decks require Council approval. Rigid annexes are not allowed in some caravan parks located in high-risk flood prone land – please check with your park manager. Structures must be easily removed at short notice to allow for safe evacuation.

    Note: Structures must be easily removed at short notice to allow for safe evacuation.

Application for Structure- Caravan Parks and Manufactured Home Estates(PDF, 132KB)

Fact sheet(PDF, 99KB)

Fees and payments

Council's role

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You must get Council’s approval for any installation of relocatable homes, annexes or associated structures.

For more information visit:

If you have any questions about your application call Council's Environmental Health Officers on 02 6670 2400.

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Cleaning up after a flood

If your structure has been affected by flood waters it may be unsafe to return home until it can be cleaned or made safe.

The Council website has information on how to safely clean your home.

Frequently asked questions

I have a home in a caravan park that is on flood prone land (flood liable land). It was damaged beyond repair in the floods. Can I rebuild or replace it with the same design?

No. Any new development must be lawful and meet current standards. Please refer to the above information for installing a motorhome, caravan or campervan.

Can I repair my existing home that is in a caravan park on flood prone land (flood liable land)?

Repairs such as fixing a door, replacing security screens, and replacing internal floor and wall linings are all incidental to normal living and do not need Council approval (provided that such works occur on an existing lawful structure). Please note, replacing or rebuilding a relocatable or manufactured home is not allowed. Any new structure will need to be lawful and must meet current standards. Any structural change or proposed expansion requires Council approval under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993. Please call Council’s Environmental Health Officers on 02 6670 2400 if you have any questions.

I have already repaired my existing home (which is on flood-liable land). Can I raise its floor height?

No. If your home was historically a caravan or annex, it cannot be raised.

My home has been severely damaged. How can I get a structural assessment done?

Service NSW is providing support to property owners impacted by the recent floods. The Property Assessment and Demolition program will provide free structural assessments of eligible flood impacted properties. For properties found to be beyond economic repair and uninhabitable, demolition and removal of waste will be undertaken at no cost.

The program will be available to insured and uninsured owners of property that has been assessed as being damaged (slight, moderate or severe) or destroyed.

For more information, please visit www.service.nsw.gov.au