Self Build and Custom Housebuilding 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 provide an indication of the demand for self build and custom housebuilding in Richmondshire and allow the Council to develop its housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

What is self build and custom build?

Self Build usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home.

Custom Build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. This is more of a hands-off approach but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

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.

Who is eligible to be entered on the register?

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria for entry on the register. Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for entry on the register must be:

  • aged 18 or older;
  • a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than   the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • 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.

Register your interest

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the:

How we will use information from the register?

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in Richmondshire, 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.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details.


Landowners seeking to make small plots of land available to be purchased for prospective Self or Custom Build projects should contact the Community Development Team using the contact details below providing their name, contact details, location map and size of the plot. By providing this information you are agreeing to us passing your details to someone seeking to purchase a self or custom build plot in that location

Contact us

If you require any further information, please contact the Community Development Team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01748 901117.

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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