Self-build and custom housebuilding

What is self build and custom housebuilding?

Self-build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom housebuilding usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home.

There may be some overlap between the two. For example, some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

What is the self build and custom housebuild register?

The government wants more people to be able to build or commission their own homes. To help achieve this, the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, together with associated Regulations, requires relevant authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in an authority's area.

The Bracknell Forest register will be used to help assess the demand for self build or custom housebuilding in the borough and develop appropriate policies to help support this initiative.

Who is eligible to register?

The Regulations stipulate that you can apply to be added to the register as an individual or an association (a group of people wanting to build homes together) if you are:

  • aged 18 or over
  • a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority’s area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence

Registering an interest

If you would like to register an interest in self-build or custom housebuilding, please complete the relevant form:

Before you do this, please check that you meet the eligibility criteria.

The information you provide will help us decide if there is a demand locality. This will help us to develop specific planning policies for the provision of self-build or custom housebuilding plots.

If you register you are making no commitment at this stage. In preparing this register, we are making no commitment to provide plots for self build or custom housebuilding. The register will not be a public document but we are required to summarise data from it annually.


The following fees apply on an annual basis:

  • to register as an individual - £20 per individual
  • to register as an association - £15 plus £5 for each person to be entered on the register

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