Self-Build & Custom Housebuilding

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 introduced new duties on local authorities to keep, and have regard to, registers of individuals and community groups seeking land for the purposes of self or custom housebuilding. Surrey Heath Borough Council has established a Register to help determine the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Surrey Heath. The Register will provide the Council with a record of individuals and groups who are interested in building their own homes within the authority’s local area.

Eligibility Criteria

If you are seeking to register interest in self-build and custom housebuilding in Surrey Heath, please be aware the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 require that to be eligible for entry to the register, you must be:

  • over the age of 18;
  • 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 Surrey Heath Borough to build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence.

Consultation on the Surrey Heath Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

Surrey Heath Borough Council is proposing to introduce a Local Connection Test for entrants to the Council’s Self and Custom Housebuilding Register. The introduction of a Local Connection Test will assist Surrey Heath in gauging local demand for self-build plots within the Borough, as well as the wider demand. Existing entrants to the Register will be invited to reapply, in order to determine whether they will be added to Part 1 or Part 2 of the Register, having regard to the Local Connection Test. The Council consulted on the proposed criteria to be applied in the Test from the 14th February 2018 to the 14th March 2018.

A summary statement concerning the responses received as part of this process is available to view in the following document.

Apply to Register Interest

To register your interest in a self-build or custom housebuilding plot as an individual, please complete the following online form.

Register your interest here

For association groups wishing to register their interest, a lead contact will need to complete the following Application Form  and submit on behalf of such groups, providing information about the association and its other members, where requested. This should then be emailed to

Association Groups Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Application Form

Completed applications received by the Council will enable an assessment of the level of interest to be made for self-build or custom-build homes in Surrey Heath. A successful application entitles the individual or association group to be entered on the Register but does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available.

Applications must contain details of your name, address, date of birth, nationality and confirmation that you are seeking a plot of land to construct a self-build or custom-build house as your sole or main residence. The Register will not be publicly available, but some data, such as the number of successful entries on the register may be published.

Further Information

Further information on self-build and custom housebuilding can be found at or by clicking on the image below.

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