Self-build and custom housebuilding register
We have to keep a register to find out demand for serviced plots of land in the council's area. We use the information to guide local policy on self-build homes.
If you are on the register, you will be given priority if self-build or custom-build plots are made available.
If you register, it doesn't guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available. We do not offer assistance to individual self-build or custom housebuilders to identify or secure plots.
You can apply to join the self-build and custom housebuilding register using the online form below.
To join the self-build and custom housebuilding register, you need to meet all the following criteria. These apply to individuals or each individual in an association that is looking to take on a project.
- You are aged 18 or over.
- You are a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland.
If you also meet one or more of the local connection test criteria below, you will be eligible to join Part 1 of the register. If you do not meet the local connection test, but meet the two criteria above, you will be entered into Part 2 of the register.
Those on Part 1 of the register will be given first priority if new self-build or custom-build plots are made available through the council.
Government guidance on self-build and custom housebuilding is available on the GOV.UK website.
Local connection test
To meet the local connection test, you need to meet one of the following criteria.
- You are in full-time service of the regular armed forces of the Crown, or have served full-time in the armed forces of the Crown for at least two years within the last four years.
- You have been resident in the district for a continuous period of two years at the time of application, or have resided in the district area for a period of ten years or more in the past.
- You or your partner has a parent, sibling or adult child who has been resident in the district for a continuous period of two years at the time of application, and is still resident in the district when a self-build plot is offered.
- You or your partner has worked in, or based a business in, the district for a continuous period of two years full-time equivalent at the time of application, and is still doing so at the point in time a self-build plot is offered. The period may be proportionately longer if working part-time, calculated pro rata with 'full time' defined as 30 hours per week.
- The two-year employment duration requirement will be waived for key workers currently in permanent full-time employment in the public or charitable sectors to provide an essential public service at a location within the district.