Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

Self-build and custom build homes

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on local councils in England to keep a register of people who are interested in self-build or custom build projects in their area. This register will help inform the Council of the level of demand for self-build and custom build plots in the Epping Forest District and enable the Council to develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.

Self-build and custom build register

If you are interested in a custom or self-build plot please complete the online application form. By registering your interest, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self-build plots in the District, where people would like their plot to be, and the type of property that they would like to build. We will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.


Self-build projects are defined as those where someone directly organises the design and construction of their own home. This covers a wide range of projects including a traditional DIY self-build home to projects where the self-builder employs someone to build their home for them.

Custom build

Custom build homes are where you work with a developer as an individual or a group to help deliver your own home. The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home. This is more of a hands-off approach but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

Further information and advice

The Government’s GOV.UK website has lots more information about the register (please pay particular attention to paragraph 8 which details the eligibility criteria for entry on to the register). If you would like to talk to us about the Right to Build project, have any queries about the registration, or would like a copy of the registration form sent to you, please email the Housing Development Team at: