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Beach huts in Christchurch

There are four main locations for beach huts in Christchurch: Mudeford Sandbank, Gundimore Beach, Friars Cliff Beach and Avon Beach.

Mudeford Sandbank

There are 348 huts on Mudeford Sandbank. These are overnight huts and can be slept in between 1 March and 31 October inclusive.

All the huts are privately owned and are located on sites licensed to Beach Hut owners for which an annual licence fee is payable. Each one is subject to the terms, conditions and regulations as detailed in the Mudeford Sandbank beach hut handbook. Beach hut tenants are permitted to apply annually for permission to keep a small craft on Mudeford Sandbank.

There is no waiting list as huts are normally sold by using an estate agent, by word of mouth or by advertisement. Transfer fees are payable on change of ownership.

Any alterations or rebuilds must comply with the handbook and can only take place between 1 October and 30 April. At least 14 days written notice must be given before any work is started on a beach hut.

The relevant rebuild and alteration applications along with an application guide can be obtained by contacting the Beach Hut Team. No works are to be undertaken on beach huts (excluding category 3 works on Mudeford Sandbank) without written permission from the council.

Toilets, mains water and electricity are not provided in the huts but there are public toilets, showers and water standpipes provided on the beach.

Customers must not fix or connect hosepipes to the taps in the public toilets or to the standpipes at the beach or any other water supply pipework located on or under the beach. Interference with these water fittings, taps, standpipes or any other water supply pipework (including using any device to fix the taps open) is an offence under the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 and can result in a fine being issued.

Access via car is permitted at certain times of the year for repairing huts or removing equipment. Permits can be obtained from the Hengistbury Head visitor centre on 01202 128444 or hengistbury.head@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

As a beach hut tenant, you are entitled to one car parking permit for Mudeford Quay at the resident's rate. Any further permits will be priced based on whether you are a resident or non-resident.

Friars Cliff Beach

There are 158 huts on Friars Cliff beach. These are day huts and are all privately owned. All of the huts are located on sites licensed to beach hut owners for which an annual licence fee is payable. Each one is subject to terms, conditions and restrictions as detailed in the Friars Cliff beach hut handbook.

There is no waiting list as huts are normally sold by using an estate agent, by word of mouth or by advertisement. Transfer fees are payable on change of ownership.

Any alterations or rebuilds must comply with the handbook and can only take place between 15 September and 30 April. At least 14 days written notice must be given before any work is started on a beach hut.

As a beach hut tenant, you are entitled to one car parking permit at the resident's rate. Any further permits will be priced based on whether you are a resident or non-resident.

Gundimore Beach

There are 11 huts on Gundimore beach. These are day huts and are all privately owned. All of the huts are located on sites licensed to beach hut owners for which an annual licence fee is payable. Each one is subject to the terms, conditions and restrictions as detailed in the Gundimore beach huts Handbook.

There is no waiting list as huts are normally sold by using an estate agent, by word of mouth or by advertisement. Transfer fees are payable on change of ownership.

Any alterations or rebuilds must comply with the handbook and can only take place between 1 October and 30 April. At least 14 days written notice must be given before any work is started on a beach hut.

The relevant rebuild and alteration applications can be obtained by contacting the Beach Hut Team. No works are to be undertaken on beach huts without written permission from the council.

As a beach hut tenant, you are entitled to one car parking permit at the resident's rate. Any further permits will be priced based on whether you are a resident or non-resident.

Avon Beach

There are approximately 150 huts on Avon Beach. To hire an Avon Beach hut, please contact Avon Beach Ltd on 01425 272162 or visit the Avon Beach website.

Beach hut licence fees

As a Beach Hut licensee, you will receive two separate bills for letting an annual Beach Hut site from us:

  • BCP Council for the annual licence fee
  • HM Revenue & Customs for non-domestic rates

You can choose to pay in full or monthly by direct debit.

If you already pay by direct debit, the fees will be automatically paid from your account. However, your direct debit instruction will not cover payment of any non-domestic rates due on your Beach Hut. When you receive your rates bill, you will be advised how you can pay this if applicable.

Licence instalment payments must be made on the due date or you will have to pay the full outstanding amount immediately or risk losing your Beach Hut site licence.

Mudeford Sandbank licence fees

Each hut on Mudeford Sandbank is charged a standard annual licence fee. If a hut is oversize (standard size is 20.25m²) the licensee may be charged an excess fee, which must be paid at the same time as the annual licence fee.

If you are the licensee of a Beach Hut on Mudeford Sandbank and wish to be provided with a breakdown of your current licence fee, please contact the Beach Hut Team.

Friars Cliff & Gundimore licence fees

Beach Huts on Friars Cliff & Gundimore beach are charged a standard annual licence fee. Excess meterage fees do not apply to huts in these areas.

For further information regarding Beach Hut licence fees, please refer to the relevant Beach Hut handbooks. A digital copy of the Beach Hut handbooks can be obtained by contacting the Beach Hut Team.

Friars Cliff & Gundimore Licence Fees (April 2021 - March 2022)  
Friars Cliff standard licence fee (Front row) £875.00 (Inc VAT)
Friars Cliff standard licence fee (Rear row) £730.00 (Inc VAT)
Gundimore standard licence fee £730.00 (Inc VAT)


Beach hut transfer fees

A beach hut licence may be transferred into another person’s name when a hut is sold. Transfer fees are payable on change of ownership. 

Transfer fees for each hut and location vary greatly as a number of factors are taken into account in the respective areas when calculating the necessary charges. The examples below give an indication of the fees which may be applicable should a hut owner wish to transfer their hut licence to another person.

Mudeford Sandbank

The basic fees for the current year are noted below. Please note, the actual fee due may differ to the charges noted below as transfer fee calculations are also dependent upon the seller’s relationship to the buyer and whether the new owner is resident in Christchurch.

Mude
Mudeford Sandbank transfer fees April 2021 to March 2022  
Mudeford (buyer is non resident/non family) £17,440
Mudeford (buyer is resident/non family) £14,825
Mudeford (buyer is non resident/family) £8,725
Mudeford (buyer is resident/family) £7,415

Friars Cliff and Gundimore

In these areas, charges are levied per square meter as noted below. Please note, the actual fee due will differ to the charges noted below as transfer fee calculations are also dependent upon the hut size, location, duration of current ownership, and previous transfer fees paid.

Mude
Friars Cliff and Gundimore transfer fees April 2021 to March 2022
Friars Cliff Front Row (charge per square metre) £765
Friars Cliff Rear Row (charger per square metre) £690
Gundimore (charge per square metre) £690

Should you sell your hut or wish to transfer your beach hut licence into another person’s name, please contact the Beach Hut team who will issue you with a transfer pack and provide a transfer fee. Please note, a licence transfer will not be processed until all required documentation has been returned to the Beach Hut Team along with the relevant transfer fee.

For further information regarding Beach Hut licence transfers, please refer to the relevant Beach Hut handbooks. A digital copy of the Beach Hut handbooks can be obtained by contacting the Beach Hut Team. 

Non-domestic rates

HM Revenue & Customs individually rate beach huts (throughout the UK) for non-domestic rates. Beach hut tenants pay non-domestic rates separately, where these apply.

You may be able to reduce your bill. You can claim Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), providing you do not pay Business Rates elsewhere. This will reduce the rates element of the beach hut hire by 100%. Instructions on how to apply for this reduction will be sent with your bill.

For all enquiries about your bills, please speak to Stour Valley and Poole Partnership:

Further information regarding Christchurch beach huts

For further enquiries regarding beach huts in Christchurch, please contact BCP Council Beach Hut Team:

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