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.

National 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.

Update to the Surrey Heath Self-Build entry

Following agreement by the Executive committee on 18th February 2020 a series of changes have been introduced for individuals / associations of individuals to enter and remain on the register.  The changes are set out below:

  • Modification of the Local Connection Test criteria
  • The introduction of fees to enter and remain on the register
  • A financial solvency test to ensure an applicant can afford to purchase and develop a self-build plot

The updated eligibility criteria guidance which covers the areas above will need to be completed as part of the Application Form for individuals and Association Groups, the link for which can be found under 'Apply to Register your Interest'.


Fees are now payable to enter onto and remain on the Register.  This enables the Council to cover the costs of the administration of the Register.  An initial fee will be payable to enter on Part 1 and Part 2 of the Register and is payable upon application. If payment is not made at the time of completing the application online, the applicant will not be added to the Register and the application will not be accepted.  Annual fees will thereafter be payable to remain on the Register for entrants on Part 1 only.  In the event the Annual fee is not paid, entrants will be moved to Part 2 of the Register.  The initial fees and Annual fees are as follows:-

  Individual Associations
Initial Part 1 inclusion fee £75 £125
Annual Part 1 fee £30 £30
Initial Part 2 inclusion fee £75 £125
Annual Part 2 fee None None


Apply to Register Interest

To register your interest in a self-build or custom housebuilding plot as an individual or as an Association, please complete a Self Build Expression of Interest online 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 onto the Register but does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available.  All fees must be paid at the time of completing the online application form.  The Planning Policy team will review each application.  If an application is refused, a refund will be processed accordingly.

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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