Custom and Self-build Information

The government wants more people to build or commission their own home. To help realise this, councils are required to have a self-build register so we can understand local demand for this type of housing.

The aim of the register is for local authorities to better understand the local demand, housing types and desired plots to inform future planning policies, housing strategies and future uses of Council owned land. You can register your interest undertaking this type of project online.

What is custom and self-build?

Self-build and custom housebuilding covers a wide variety of projects often where the individual has more involvement with the design and construction of their new home.

Self-build housing is when you are directly involved with organising the design and construction of your new home. This can cover a range of projects such as:

  • Commissioning a design and completing the actual construction work yourself.
  • Arranging for a contractor/builder to build you new home for you.

Custom-build housing often involves you working with a specialist developer to deliver your new home. Developers can take care of the entire process from securing or providing a site and arranging the finances, through to managing the construction work of your new home.

Custom and self-build monitoring

There are currently 37 individuals and 3 groups on the custom and self build register.

The number of planning permissions for serviced plots suitable for custom and self build in the following monitoring periods are as follows:

 Base period  No.  of planning permission for serviced plots which are suitable for C+S Build
 31st October 2021 – 30th October 2022  5
 31st October 2020 – 30th October 2021  14

Further Information

There is further information and guidance on custom and self-build on the national government website.

The National Custom and Self Build Association also includes a range of useful information on custom and self-housebuilding.

If you would like more information or have any questions about custom and self-build please email us.


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