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.

Sign up now

Consultation report

Between 27 June and 8 August 2022 we consulted you on a single register and the introduction of a local connection test.

View the full consultation report.

End of year report

Contact the Planning Policy Team