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Self-build and custom-build homes

Self-build or custom-build is simply the process of designing, planning and building your own home. There are several routes to building your own home and the level of involvement you have can vary greatly depending which way you choose. Some people wish to manage the design and construction process and do the building and labouring work themselves while others commission a contractor to do it for them.  Projects range from individual homes on single plots to group projects on larger sites. 

To understand what type of self build is best for you and your budget please visit the Self Build Portal:  Also view the hints and tips section below.

Local authorities are required to research demand for self build plots in their area and from 1 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. The register will be used to see how many people are interested in building their own homes in the district and to develop policies to support the construction of more self-build and custom-build homes. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available. 

If you are looking to promote a possible site for self or custom-build, please notify us. The site will need to be acceptable in planning terms and will require planning permission.


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