The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 means all local authorities must keep a register of people interested in self-build or custom build projects.
There is further guidance in the Self-build & Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 and on the government’s Planning Practice Guidance website
What is Self-build?
Self-build covers a range of options. Typically, an individual buys a plot of land. They then get planning permission to build a home of their own. They may undertake some or all the work themselves. They can also employ contractors or subcontractors.
Community led projects can also be defined as self-build.
What is Custom Build?
When you work with a developer to help build your home, this is a custom build.
The developer may help you:
- find a plot
- manage the construction
- arrange the finance
This is more of a hands-off approach, but your home will be tailored towards your individual needs.
Register your interest
To understand the level of demand for custom and self-builds, we have created a registration form.
We will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible to bring people and plots together. Please note that registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will become available or offered to you.
Please note that:
- if you already own the land and wish to build on this, you do not need to register. Your proposal should be dealt with through the normal planning application process
- to be eligible for entry onto the register, you or all members of the group/association you represent must be:
- aged 18 or over
- a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the UK, or a national of Switzerland
- seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land to build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence
I have a plot of land and am interested in making this available to self-builders
We do not have a register of plots that landowners may be willing to make available for others to purchase.
If you do have a plot of land that could be made available, please contact us to discuss the matter further.
You can find further information and guidance on the following websites:
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