Self-build and custom housebuilding

In accordance with the duties of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016, the council has set up a register for people who are interested in a self-build or custom-build home in Wandsworth.

On 1 April 2016 the legal duties under the 2015 Act to keep a register and to have regard to it came into force. Further guidance is available on the government’s planning practice guidance portal.

What is a self-build home? 

A self-build home allows the future resident(s) to organise the home's design and construction. This could involve independently employing an architect and builder. Custom-build homes are generally those where an individual or group of individuals works with a specialist developer to help deliver homes.

Eligibility for the register 

To be eligible to enter on the register you 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.

What we use the register for 

This register will form part of the Council's evidence base and help us understand the level of demand for self-build and custom-build houses, which will assist in the preparation and implementation of planning policies and regeneration schemes.