Why should I register?

Legislation requires local authorities in England to keep a register of people interested in self and custom build and to grant planning permission for the number of homes requested. Local authorities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also exploring how to support self and custom build projects.

Joining the Local Self Build Register allows you to make your contact details available to local authorities in areas where you’d like to build your own home or have one built for you. Local authorities that are using this service will be able to access your details and if you meet the eligibility criteria, you’ll be automatically added to their own local registers.

You can leave details of your specific needs and wishes – for example, where you want to build and what size and type of home you’d like.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, local authorities will use the information you submit to determine how many self build plots will need to be made available during the following year – and also to guide other aspects of their local planning and housing policy. They may also get in touch with you directly to inform you of self and custom build opportunities in the local area.

You can also choose to receive the Local Self Build Register newsletter to be kept up to date with other exciting self build and custom build opportunities that are relevant for you.

Please note that not all local authorities will choose to receive data from the Local Self Build Register. Some are operating their own individual registers while others are implementing temporary solutions until they decide how to gather this information in the longer term. From 1st April 2016 all local authorities in England are expected to have a system in place. When you select which local authorities you are interested in, we will tell you whether or not they are using this service. If they are not, you’ll need to go to their own websites to register.