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Beach huts in Christchurch

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On advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some services have changed. Find our latest information and advice about Beach Huts in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

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There are 4 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 of 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.

Guidance and application forms:

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

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 451618 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.

As a beach hut tenant, you are entitles 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 about 150 huts on Avon Beach. These are day huts and can be hired by the day, week, or for long period lets. To hire an Avon Beach hut, please contact Avon Beach Ltd on 01425 272162 or visit the Avon Beach website.

Licence hire charges

As a beach hut tenant, you will receive 2 separate bills for letting an annual beach hut site from us:

  • BCP Council for the licence hire charge
  • 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.

2020-2021:

  • Mudeford Sandbank: £2,330
  • Friars Cliff front row: £875
  • Friars Cliff rear row: £730
  • Gundimore: £730

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:

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