Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register


As of the 11st April 2016 the Government requires that local councils gauge demand for self-build and custom-build plots in their area by setting up a register.

The register keeps the details of those individuals and groups (known as 'associations') wishing to buy a self or custom build plot in the Council area in order to build their own home(s).


The Register


In the first monitoring period (1st April 2016  to 31st October 2016) the Council received 50 applications to the Register and approved 49 of these applications. 48 Individuals were approved on the register and 1 association (organisation). 19 of those added on to the register indicated that they had applied to other Local Authority Registers.


Applying to the Register

By applying to the register you make us aware of your interest in buying a self or custom build plot. You can apply to the register by using our Application Form, which is available from the link below:


After applying the Council will contact you within 28 days to inform you whether you are eligible to be placed on the register, and if not why not. More details on eligibility are contained in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, available below, you are advised to read this before submitting your application.

Icon for pdf South Bucks District Council Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register Frequently Asked Questions [205.22KB]


Once you are on the Register 

At this moment the Council does not have any plots or are aware of any plots available for prospective Self-Builders.

If you are successful and are approved to join the Register the Council may contact you when opportunities for plots meeting your requirements become available. The Council will try to secure plots through site allocations in the Emerging Local Plan in order to meet the demand for plots in the District. You may also seek to acquire plots from other Local Authorities or private companies/individuals.

Please note that the Council does not get involved with civil matters such as the purchase of land between two parties and you would still need to secure planning permission to build on any plots once acquired. More information regarding application advice is available here.


If you have any further queries please contact the Council's planning policy team, contact details are provided below:


Telephone:    01494 586 678