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Beach huts at Felixstowe

The council has over 900 sites for private beach huts in Felixstowe and these are in high demand. There may be opportunity to purchase a new hut and licence a site in the future (contact us to register your interest) but second-hand huts can be purchased privately throughout the year and an application for a new licence made by the new owner.  

Chalets

There are 77 chalets at Cliff House and Bath Tap in Felixstowe, which are ideal for a base during the day. They are let on a 12 month licence, however, the waiting list is very long and it can take several years to reach the top. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the list.

Beach huts at Sizewell

There are 12 council-owned beach huts on the beach at Sizewell but these are in very high demand and the waiting list is very long. However, if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us.

Beach huts at Southwold

The beach huts at Southwold are privately owned and positioned on sites leased from the Council. Please note there are currently no vacant sites available.

Some beach hut owners do provide short term lettings of their huts. For further information please contact the Southwold Beach Hut Owners Association.

For beach hut site tenants who wish to claim a discount for being a local resident, please submit a Southwold Beach Hut Principal Residence Discount Claim Form.

The form must be completed in respect of each and every year and returned to our Asset Management Team by the end of March in each year.

Discounts for membership of the Association will be directly verified with the Association.

Beach huts at Pakefield

The beach huts at Pakefield have all been sold on a 25 year lease and are now privately owned. Some sites in Pakefield (either a site only or with built huts) are available for annual hire, for which there is an approximately 16+ year waiting list. For annual hire enquiries please contact Sentinel Leisure Trust.

Beach huts at Lowestoft

Lowestoft Beach Huts can be booked (day, week or season) through an online booking system at www.hirebeachhuts.co.uk.

For issues or questions on beach hut hire in Lowestoft please contact Sentinel Leisure Trust.

Beach hut and chalet charges 

The council makes an annual charge for beach hut sites and chalets. These are set out in our Fees and charges list.

In addition to these charges, National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) apply and are charged to each licensee separately. National Non Domestic Rates (NNDR or Business Rates) are a charge on properties which are not used for domestic purposes such as shops, factories, offices, beach huts, moorings etc. New licence holders will be issued a bill which will be pro-rata from the date of hut purchase until 31 March and then annually. 

You can claim Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) on the NNDR charge, provided that you do not already claim it on a small business or are ineligible for some other reason. The current rate of relief is 100%, but please note that this could change in the future

You should receive a form to apply for SBRR with your bill. If it is not enclosed please contact Anglia Revenues Partnership.

There are also additional costs for moving huts each year, if they are located on the beach itself.

Beach hut owners parking permit

Permits are available for car parks in Felixstowe.

Complaints, queries and issues

If you have a question or issue that relates directly to the beach hut service please contact Asset Management in the first instance or Sentinel Leisure Trust for huts in Pakefield or Lowestoft.

This might include questions around:

  • licence fees
  • sites
  • issues with huts or chalets (please note that the council cannot help private hut owners in accessing their huts or making repairs)
  • moving huts
  • waiting lists for hut sites and chalets

For queries around parking permits, please contact Customer Services.

For questions relating to or to report an issue with the resort, such as toilets, dog waste, bins or vegetation, please contact Norse.

To make a complaint, please use our complaints procedure.

The council liaises with the Felixstowe Beach Hut and Chalet Association (FBHCA) on a regular basis and updates them on particular issues or work that might impact on or be of interest to beach hut owners in Felixstowe. To become a member or for further information please contact FBHCA direct.