Self and Custom Build Housing

Self Build and Custom House building Register

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 Daventry District.


What is self-build and custom-build? 

Self-build and custom-build housing is housing built by individuals or groups for their own use, either by building the home on their own or by working with builders.


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.


How to apply for an entry in the register 

If you would like to apply to join the register please fill in the relevant form below– further details about the register and notes to help you complete the form are included on the form itself.



Once your application has been checked you will be notified whether or not you meet all of the necessary criteria. If you do you will be notified about how to pay the application fee, and on receipt of the fee you will be added to the register.


The fee to apply to enter the register is currently £17.50 per application for Part 1 and £7.75 per application for Part 2.

If you wish to remain on the Part 1 register for more than a year there will be a further fee of £17.00.

There is no fee to remain on Part 2. 

For associations the fee will be applied to each entry on the application.  

Once the Council has received your completed form we will:  

  1. Review your application within 28 days to ensure all the criteria for entry onto the register have been met. If further information is required you will be contacted to enable this to be provided; 

  2. If the application is eligible, we will write to you to request payment as set out above.    

  3. Once payment has been received, the Council will make an entry on the register and let you know that this has been done in writing within 28 days of determining the application. If the application is from an association, we will only notify the lead contact as identified in the application; and,     

  4. If the application is not eligible we will write to you to explain the reasons within 28 days of determining the application. If the application is from an association, we will only notify the lead contact as identified in the application.       



How will we use the information provided? 

The register will not be a public document, but we will publish headline data, such as number of plots required by location, from it annually. Information published will contain no personal information.

  • At this stage, you are not making any commitment – the council is just trying to find out how much local demand there is for self-build housing.


  • In preparing this register, the council is making no commitment to provide self-build or custom build plots.


  • In submitting this form, you are agreeing that the council can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom build and self-build housing.


  • Personal details included on the register will not be made public, but anonymised headline data extracted from it will be published including the total number of plots required


  • Your remaining information as submitted will be used by the council for strategic planning, information and statistical purposes only.


Monitoring of register


Duty to grant sufficient planning permissions- Update January 2021.

This note sets out how the Council will ensure its duty to grant sufficient planning permissions will be discharged.  It also includes monitoring of the number of people on the register and number of permissions granted.



Please download and complete the relevant form and return to


Form 1 Individual 

Form 2 Association


Alternatively you can fill out the form online using the links below:





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