Cannot Be Reserved Online: Rule Setup

Learn how to prevent sites from being booked online.


Campspot's Cannot Be Reserved Online rule empowers you to strategically manage your Consumer Site, allowing you to close it temporarily, prevent bookings for specific site types, or control reservations for future dates. Easily set up this rule to align with your park's booking strategy and enhance your management capabilities.


  • Temporary Closure: Quickly close your Consumer Site to halt new bookings temporarily.
  • Restrict Specific Site Types: Prevent online bookings for selected site types during specific stay dates.
  • Manage Next Year's Bookings: Control reservations for the upcoming year, encouraging guests to call in rather than booking online.

Want to learn more about managing when you will accept new reservations? Check out the following article as well:


Step 1: Find the Rule on the Functions page

  1. Navigate to the Rules page
  2. Click on the Functions tab
  3. Select the Cannot be reserved online Rule

Step 2: Complete New Variation Form

  1. On the rule page, click New Variation.
  2. Complete the form.

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Variation Name

The variation name is used to identify the rule in the rules list after saving. This field is not customer facing.

Active Dates Assigning a Date Group to Active Dates allows you define when a rule should apply.
Site Types/ Add-on Types A site type or an add-on type must be selected but cannot include both within the same rule. Click in the site type or add-on type field and select an active type from the list to add to the rule.
Expiration Date Reservations must be created by the end of the day indicated by the expiration date for the rule to apply.
Rule Violation Message This field produces a custom message when this rule is violated that is only visible to admin users.

Most Common FAQ:

Q: How does the Cannot Be Reserved Online rule benefit my park's booking strategy?

This rule offers flexibility by allowing temporary closure, restricting specific site types, or managing reservations for future dates, aligning with your park's unique booking needs.

Q: Can I use this rule to prevent online bookings for next year?

Yes, by strategically setting up the Cannot Be Reserved Online rule, you can control reservations for the upcoming year, encouraging guests to contact your park directly for bookings.

Q: Is the Rule Violation Message visible to guests?

No, the Rule Violation Message is only visible to admin users, providing an internal communication tool to convey custom messages when the rule is violated.