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Self build and custom build register

Register your details

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 in the borough and help the council develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.

Complete the online registration form

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

We will 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.

 Local self build registration

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.

Additional information

Additional information on self build can be found on the central government website. You can also find out more about the London wide Self Build register operated by the Greater London Authority on their self build information pages.