Welcome to the A.C.C.E.O. website.

A.C.C.E.O. is the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organizations

Caravan & Camping Clubs who hold a Certificate of Exemption issued by:

Natural England which is a Department of DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Activities)

The Welsh Assembly Government (Planning Division)

The Scottish Government (Housing Markets Supply Division)

An elected Committee of unpaid officers runs the Organization on behalf of the member Clubs.

The Association of Caravan & Camping Exempted Organisations is a group of over 200 rallying clubs all of whom hold a Certificate of Exemption * (see footnote)

A Committee is elected from Association Members to represent the combined interests of the clubs at all levels.

At the present time, almost 400 Clubs hold current Exemption Certificates although not all of them rally with caravans, ACCEO represents over three quarters of those who do organise caravan rallies.


What does the Association Do ?

ACCEO works closely with Government departments and Authorities on behalf of its member clubs.

ACCEO is also able to provide both services and access to facilities not directly available to individual clubs.

In more recent times the category of Personal Membership has been introduced to provide benefits to the membership of Member Clubs and greater flexibility in arranging invitation and joint rallies.


Rallies in National Parks

Rallies in National Parks cannot be held without first being approved by the appropriate National Park Officer.

Approval is necessary some one year in advance and must be obtained through a "clearing" procedure, which is not directly accessible to individual clubs.

ACCEO is represented on the national clearing house liaising with all National Parks to co-ordinate an approved rally programme with the relevant authorities.


Extended Rallies

Whilst individual clubs may, by means of their Certificate of Exemption, organise rallies of up to five days duration, (5 consecutive periods of 24 hours), the major caravanning organisations. e.g. The Caravan Club, The Camping & Caravanning Club, The Motor Caravan Club and ACCEO hold Certificates permitting rallies to be organised on unlicensed land for an indefinite period although, agreement has been reached with the appropriate Government departments whereby we limit such rallies to a maximum of 28 days.

By agreement with the Association, and subject to reasonable controls, member clubs are able to organise extended rallies under the discipline of the ACCEOs Certificate of Exemption.



ACCEO is able to give advice on matters of vital importance to clubs and issues a series of information sheets on specific subjects.

Guidance and assistance is offered to member clubs when difficulties arise that may threaten their privilege to hold a Certificate of Exemption.

The Association Newsletter "ACCEO Matters" which is published four times a year keeps clubs & personal members informed on matters of interest and importance.



The Association organises a National and AGM Rally in October of each year.

The rally arrangements are made by a volunteer 'host' Club in conjunction with Officers of the Association and Personal Members of the Association as well as members of the Association's member clubs are able to meet like minded caravanners and enjoy the organized entertainment.

 Additionally Clubs are encouraged to run Invitation rallies where the Association makes arrangements that permit the attendance of all interested member clubs.



The Head Office acts as a focal point for all ACCEO services. It is from here that the business of the Association is passed to the experienced volunteer officers of the committee to meet the needs of the members


 A range of 'specially designed' Insurance schemes is offered to Clubs and their Members. Most Clubs are affiliated to the ACCEO Public Liability Policy for a very reasonable annual premium. for further information please contact out Insurance officer on the contacts page.


After the Second World War caravanning as a leisure pursuit was perceived by the government of the time to be growing rapidly and uncontrolled. This perception resulted in the "Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960"  which is still operating over 40 years on and is the means by which your club was granted an exemption certificate which permits you to hold rallies on unlicensed land.

In 1976 the government called a meeting at Beaulieu to ascertain how the Act was working. Arising from these discussions the Department of the Environment (now called DEFRA) issued in 1978, a Consultative Document which was to introduce a degree of control of caravan rallies to prevent over use of popular sites and in particular the National Parks. The tone of this document caused some alarm amongst Caravanners who, perceiving a possible threat to their pastime, determined that clubs must group together to provide a single voice and thus be in a stronger position to guard their interests.

Two groups formed in 1979, the National Federation of Caravan Owners Clubs (NFCOC), which its name suggests composed mainly of Owners Clubs, and shortly afterwards came the Confederation of Caravan and Camping Clubs (4Cs) comprising  of other Social and Works Clubs. Later there was an attempt to enlarge the group by including the Caravan Club and the Caravan and Camping Club, but the initiative failed.

Both groups continued to operate in parallel, each operating their own "clearing houses" for rallies in the Parks. This duplication was expensive in time, effort and money and eventually led in 1985, to a merger to form the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organizations (ACCEO). The Department of the Environment was enthusiastic about the creation of ACCEO and granted the Association an exemption certificate limited to 5 day rallies initially and some four years later, when the Association altered its Constitution to become a Recreational Trust, rallies of up to 28 days could be arranged as controlled by the 1960 Act.



Finally, ACCEO exists to protect the interests of Caravanners in general and its Members in particular. It is totally independent and run by a Committee of elected unpaid Officers who are all very experienced regular rallying Caravanners, Motor Caravanners and Campers themselves.

The answer to the question "What is ACCEO" then? "You are!" is the answer. Each club forms approximately one-200th part of the Association and each Personal Member supports the ACCEOs work

Details of Corporate membership are available by contacting the Association Secretary and Personal Membership by contacting the Membership Secretary, both via our contacts page or in either instance by writing to A.C.C.E.O. Head Office P.O. Box 5191 Rugeley WS15 9BS

Alternatively, for Personal Membership, print the form on the Join Us page and post it off.


 Footnote *

Explanation of the term Certificate of Exemption: -- The "Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act, 1960" provides in Paragraph 6 of the First Schedule that - "a site licence shall not be required for the use of land as a caravan site if the use is under the supervision of an exempted organisation and is in pursuance of arrangements made by that organisation for a meeting of its Members lasting not more than 5 days". Properly constituted leisure clubs whose main activity is Caravanning or Camping may apply to the DEFRA to become an 'Exempted Organisation' and subject to giving certain undertakings a Certificate of Exemption may be issued to that club.