Good news for self-builders! Following the self-build and custom house building bill which came into force on the 1st April 2016, the government is keen to make the self-build and custom house building market a more important part of their long term economic plan. So with the introduction of the Self Build Register we take a look at what it is and how it affects you as a self-builder.

What is the self-build register?

As of 1st April, Local authorities across England must keep a register of people and groups interested in building their own homes. Joining the register makes your contact details readily available to local councils in areas where you want to build your own home.

How does it work?

Local authorities have an obligation to keep a register of any individual or local community groups wanting to obtain land to build their own homes and must take into account the self-build demand when preparing local plans.

As a self or custom builder you can register your interest in as many local authority areas as you like.

Who can register?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who is either a British Citizen or national of another EEA state or of Switzerland
  • An individual, a couple or an association (i.e. a group of people wanting to build homes together).
  • A self or custom builder who plans to build a home that they will live in as their primary residence – excludes those wanting to build a holiday home

How to register?

Some local authorities have set up their own registers whilst some are using the Local Self Builder Register to help them gather the information they need. You can find out which local authorities are using their own systems or the Local Self Build Register service by filling in your details here. If you find that your local authority is using their own register, check out their website or simply give them a call.

Next steps…

Now you have made the first step to building your own home, you might be overwhelmed with what to do next. Don’t worry we've got it covered and summarised the key steps for you. Check out our 6 steps to building your dream home.

You may also want to consider the type of land before you buy so we have highlighted a few points for you to think about. Check out our top tips to consider when buying land for your home.

By Frzana Ferguson