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Self build and custom build register

What is 'self-' and 'custom-build'?

'Self build' and 'custom build' is when you design, plan and / or build your own home. Self build usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home and it can be done on an individual or group basis. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two.

The Self and Custom Build Register

The government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. It requires local authorities to keep a register of people who want to self- or custom- build.  They must also grant planning permission for enough serviced plots of land for self and custom builders to meet the demand on their Register.

How to register

In order to ensure that the register provides an accurate picture of demand for self and custom build sites, applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible for entry onto the Register. These include:

  1. A local connection test; and
  2. A test to ensure the applicant has enough financial resources to carry out a self or custom build project.

To register, please read the Level 3 Privacy Notice and complete the form below:

Please note:

What happens next?

Completed forms will be evaluated to verify applicants' ability to resource a self or custom build project. We will determine your application for entry onto the register within 28 days of receipt and will advise you of one of three outcomes:   

  • If you meet all the required criteria, you will be placed on Part 1 of the Register.
  • If you meet all except the local connections test criteria you will be placed on Part 2 of the Register.
  • If you do not meet the criteria regarding financial resources to undertake a self or custom build project you will be informed that you have not been placed on the Register but will be given the option to be kept informed of any land which the Council makes available for sale outside the self build process.

More information

Further information on self build housing is available from the following bodies:

For information from the Borough Council, please contact Stephen Benge, using the details from the contact panel on the right hand side of this page.

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Stephen Benge

Assistant Strategic Planning and Implementation Manager


01695 585274