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Gypsies and Travellers

This content applies to England

An overview of the law relating to Gypsies and Travellers.

This section outlines the rights of people parked on different types of land, including information about local authority sites, planning law, and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. It also looks at human rights in relation to Travellers and local authorities' duties towards homeless Travellers.

For information about residents of mobile homes such as park homes, please see the Mobiles homes section

Definition of Gypsies & Travellers

The legal definitions of Gypsies and Travellers. 

Identifying the owner of the land

How to identify who owns the land on which Travellers are parked. 

Common law trespass

The common law on trespassing. 

Planning law

Planning regulations and enforcement action in relation to the stationing of caravans by Gypsies and Travellers. 

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act

The powers of local authorities and police to remove campers and vehicles from land under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. 

Travellers and council sites

The powers of local authorities to provide sites for Gypsy and Travellers, and the rights of occupiers of such sites. 

Travellers and human rights

Travellers' rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Travellers on their own land

When Travellers use their own land as a caravan site. 

Travellers and homelessness

Local authorities' duties towards homeless Gypsies and Travellers. 

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