You will undoubtedly need some form of permission to build a glamping site or to extend an existing campsite with glamping tents, but the level of regulation depends on which country you are operating in. If you plan on using farmland or woodland for a glamping site in the UK, for example, you will need to get approval for the change of use and planning permission.
Some countries have stricter rules than others. In the Netherlands, safari tents, fortunately, fall outside the scope of the Dutch building decree. Although the tents have a permanent set-up, they are designed as temporary camping equipment and so the building decree does not apply. This saves a lot of time and effort. Rules are different in each country and within each country, local regulations will apply. But don’t let that put you off – talk to the local authority – many are likely to want to boost tourism in their area.
Depending on the country and local region in which you are planning to build a glamping site, you will have to take into account local regulations. These could include assessments for the impact your site will have on the landscape or on traffic on local roads and you may have to consider issues such as sewage and water drainage. Most often, there are local regulations covering everything from the safety of wood-burning stoves to rubbish disposal. You will also need the relevant insurance, so make sure you do your homework.
A good source of help and advice if you are planning on building a glamping site, is a trade association such as the Glamping Association in the UK, the American Glamping Association or RECRON in the Netherlands which represents glamping entrepreneurs. Joining an association means that you can ask questions from others who are successfully running a glamping business.