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Self Build and Custom Build register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on local councils in England to keep and have regard to 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 and enable the council to develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.

Self Build and Custom Build Register

Sign up to the East Suffolk Self Build and Custom Build register

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self build plots, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We shall 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.

Your application for entry in the register will be determined within 28 days of the date your application is received.  If you are eligible you will be notified in writing that your details have been entered on the register.

If your application is unsuccessful you will be given reasons in writing why you are not considered eligible for entry in the register.

In the case of an association, the lead contact will be notified of the decision.

The East Suffolk area, for the purposes of self-build and custom housebuilding, excludes the Broads Authority area. The Broads Authority administer their own register which covers the Broads Authority area.

What is Self Build? What is Custom Build?

Until recently building your own home was known as 'self build'. In 2011, the term 'custom build housing' was introduced in the Government's Housing Strategy for England.

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. Community-led projects can also be defined as self 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. 

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