Uttlesford self-build and custom housebuilding register
Join the self-build and custom housebuilding register, find out what we use the register for and how much self-building is happening in the district.
If you're interested in self or custom housebuilding, you can apply to join the Uttlesford register.
The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 has set out the following eligibility criteria for entry on the register. To join the Uttlesford register, you must:
- be aged 18 years or over;
- be a British Citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland;
- satisfy any conditions set by the local authority (local eligibility criteria as set out below);
- pay any fee required by the local authority to be entered in or to remain on the register (we do not charge any fees); and
- be seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the area of the local authority for their own self-build and custom housebuilding
We also have set some local eligibility criteria.
How to join
You can join the register by completing our application form.
Please return your application to email@example.com
The register in December 2021 is split into Part 1 and Part 2.
For entry on Part 1 of the register, applicants are required to meet the basic eligibility criteria and have a local connection to the area (applicants are required to provide evidence to show how they meet this). The Council must consider the number of registrations recorded in Part1 when providing sufficient planning permissions to serviced plots to meet this demand.
This part of the register will show general demand for custom and self-build. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria only are entered on Part 2 of the register. There is no obligation for the Council to provide a sufficient number of planning permissions to serviced plots for entries on Part 2. However, the Council will have regard to this general demand when carrying out planning and housing functions.
We have set out local eligibility criteria (based on the Housing Allocations Policy 2018) in accordance with The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016. Applicants are required to demonstrate if they meet the following local eligibility criteria that they:
- have lived continuously in the Uttlesford District for the last three years (time spent away at University or college will count as living continuously within the district providing the applicant had previously lived in the district immediately prior to the start of their course)
- are living outside of Uttlesford but have immediate family members who have lived in Uttlesford for the last 5 years and from whom they are receiving or giving substantial ongoing support
- are living outside of Uttlesford but have been permanently employed in the Uttlesford District for a minimum of 3 years and working at least 24 hours per week
The following categories of person will be exempt from local connection criteria:
- existing social housing tenants residing in the Uttlesford District
- applicants who are serving members of the regular forces or who have served in the regular forces, if the application is made within five years of their date of discharge
- applicants who have recently ceased or will cease to be entitled to reside in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence following the death of that person's spouse or civil partner where:
- the spouse or civil partner has served in the regular forces; and
- their death was attributable (wholly or partly) to that service
- applicants serving or has served in the reserve forces and who is suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is attributable (wholly or partly) to that service and the application is made within five years of discharge
Local eligibility criteria evidence
One or more of the following criteria must be met prior to the date of your application to join Part 1 of the register.
Live in the Uttlesford District
If you live in Uttlesford District, please provide documents dated within the last three months to prove your residency. You can submit any one of the following documents:
- household utility bills
- Council Tax bill
- landlord contract
- electoral register entry form
Have close family who live in Uttlesford District
If you have close family who currently live in Uttlesford District, please provide documentation of your relationship, and proof of family member's residency in the district dated in the last 3 months. You may show:
- documentation of your relationship
- marriage certificates
- birth certificates
Proof of their residency, dated within the last 3 months
Work in Uttlesford District
If you have been permanently employed in the Uttlesford District for a minimum of 3 years and working at least 24 hours per week, please provide documents dated in the last 6 months to prove your employment.
Examples of what you can submit are:
- HM Revenues & Customs tax documents
- employment contract
- written letter from your employer
This register will help us to understand the level of demand for self-build and custom-build homes, which will inform the planning and housing functions.
We may publish headline data on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in the district. Personal information on the register will not be made public.
Please note that entry on the register will not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available. Applicants have to find their own plots on the open market.
Applications for self-build and custom-build projects will require planning permission and will be assessed on their merits in line with the Local Plan policies and guidance.