Self-build and custom housebuilding

All about self-building and what you need to do to join the local register.

The government is keen to encourage the growth of the self-build and custom housebuilding sector as a means of increasing the overall number of dwellings.

In March 2015, the Government enacted the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) requiring local authorities to maintain a register of people who are seeking to acquire land to build their own home. The purpose of the register will be to inform us of the level of demand for custom and self-build housing in the area.
 

What is self-build and custom housebuilding

The terms "self-build" and "custom build" are used to describe instances where individuals or groups of individuals are involved in building their own homes. Section 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 provides a legal definition of this form of house building but does not distinguish between Self-build and Custom build. In practice, there are many different ways people can build their own home. In considering whether a home is a self-build or custom build home, Councils must be satisfied that the initial owner of the home will have primary input into its final design and layout.

Self-build

This means projects where individuals or associations of individuals (groups) directly organise the design and construction of their new homes.

Custom build

This means projects where individuals or associations of individuals (groups) work with a specialist developer to help deliver their new home.

Please note that proposals for self-build and custom housebuilding are subject to the same requirement for planning permission as other forms of housing.
 

Join the self-build and custom housebuilding register

If you're interested in self or custom housebuilding, you can apply to join the Uttlesford register.

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