Building your own home
Self-build and custom housebuilding register
We have a single self-build and custom housebuilding register.
You must pay a fee to join.
We've recently introduced a local connection test that splits the register into 2 parts.
Differences between self build and custom build
Self build means you're more directly involved in organising and constructing your home from beginning to end.
This may include:
- finding a serviced plot within a development site
- finding your own plot
- checking that it can be connected to utilities
- hiring an architect
- applying for planning permission
- sourcing good builders
Custom build means you make key design and layout decisions but you commission a specialist developer to help deliver your home.
The plots are usually ‘serviced plots’ within a development site which already has a planning permission.
Serviced plots come with road access, foul and surface water drainage and utilities.
All self-build and custom-build homes are exempt from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges.
Before you sign up
Before joining the register you should read our guidance on the self-build and custom housebuilding register.
The guidance covers:
- national eligibility conditions
- the local connection test
- understanding parts 1 and 2 of the register
- how we use the information
Sign up to the register
To join (or remain on) the register you'll need to pay:
- £25 to join part 1
- £25 annual fee to remain on part 1
- £10 to join part 2 (a one-off charge)
You will also need to submit evidence that meets the eligibility criteria listed in our guidelines.
Between 27 June and 8 August 2022 we consulted you on a single register and the introduction of a local connection test.
End of year report
Self-build and Custom housebuilding report 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 310 KB)