Mayor of London

If you are interested in self build or custom build in the greater London area, register your details here. Your details will be passed on to any London borough councils that are using this service to gather data on demand in their areas.

The Greater London Authority is using statistical information from the Build Your London Home register to understand the level of interest in these forms of building across the city as a whole, which should help to create more opportunities for these kinds of projects in the future.

Important note about the Right to Build legislation

Local authorities in England are required to research demand for self build plots in their area and from 1st April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 obliges them to maintain a list of people and groups interested in building their own homes.

To understand how the new legislation affects you and to make sure that your name gets on the list where you would like to build, please read this Important news about your Right to Build before you register here.

The Mayor of London has commissioned a ‘Build Your Own Home’ London register. It is an online resource for people who wish to express an interest in building or designing their own homes. The register will give City Hall wide-ranging data of interest and demand across London from those who are interested in Custom Build or customisation of their own home. It will also help us shape future housing policy for the city.

To register, select here or the ‘REGISTER ME’ button in the image above.

City Hall has set up the Build Your Own Home London register working with the Department for Communities and Local Government. The aim of the register is to show how much demand there is in certain parts of London. This data will help inform individual councils. Individual councils have a duty under Right to Build legislation to operate their own registers of people looking to acquire land to build a home, and many of the London borough councils are using the data gathered through the Build Your Own Home London register to create their registers. The Mayor of London will offer anonymised datasets from the register on request from councils.

Since 1st April 2016, all local councils must have their own Right to Build register. These registers assess demand for self build and custom build housing locally.

Some London borough councils are using this service to operate their Right to Build Registers, while others are operating their own individual registers via their own websites. When you register your details here, you will be informed whether the councils you have selected are using this service or not. If you need to register separately for any councils not using this service, you will be given details of how to register with them at the end of the process.

Councils are expected to use data from their registers to inform local planning policy on self build and custom build. This information will be reviewed every year and this will be used to understand how many serviced plots are needed in each area. Councils are now required to grant planning permission for the requested number of serviced plots within three years of the time period when the interest was registered. This does not necessarily mean that registering your interest will result in you being offered a plot. Land which may come forward could present itself in a variety of ways and will not necessarily be offered at below market value.

The Mayor of London is actively supporting custom builders through the Build Your Own Home the London Way programme. This initiative is providing custom build units in east and south London. It is also funding a variety of Community Right to Build projects. This will help more affordable housing to be built.

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