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Self Build and Custom Build Register

The Self-build and Custom House building  (Register) Regulations 2016

These regulations place 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 Wyre Forest district and enable the council to develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.

Priority will be given to applicants who have a local connection to the area

Self Build and Custom Build Register

If you would like to register your interest for a custom or self build plot, please complete the online registration form. Please note there is a £20 charge to register.

Apply for Self Build Registration for Individuals Apply for Self Build Registration for Associations

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

We shall 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.

The information you provide will be used for purposes related to supporting the growth of self-build and custom build homes within the Wyre Forest district.  The forms will also enable us to get a better understanding of the amount of interest there is in other types of housing in the district, including the consideration of self-build and custom-build plots on new build developments and levels of interest in other types of community-led housing,  including renovation of empty properties and interest in co-housing.  It is possible that your details may be shared with officers within the Economic Prosperity and Place directorate of the council who are working on community-led housing schemes.  The personal details you supply will not be shared with any third parties external to Wyre Forest District Council. 

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.

Everyone who chooses to custom build their home will have different reasons.

There are also different ways to custom build which are listed below. When deciding which is most suitable for you, you need to consider:

  • type of custom build home you want
  • level of involvement you have (self-building or working with a builder / developer)
  • how much you want to spend

DIY custom build

The customer buys a plot and builds their own home to their own specification.

Self finish custom build

The customer buys a serviced plot from an enabler who owns a number of plots on a site, works with the enabler to create a home to their specification which is then built to be wind and watertight.

The customer takes over the remaining elements themselves or employs subcontractors.

Full turn key custom build

The customer buys a serviced plot from an enabler who owns a number of plots on a site. They work with the enabler to design their home to their specification and individual lifestyle.

The house is completed by the enabling developer to a fixed budget and timescale.

Independent community custom build

Where a group of individuals join forces to purchase a large site which is split into individual plots. They are involved in the planning, design and building of their own home.

By working as part of a group costs are minimised both in terms of labour and materials.

Supported community custom build

As above a group of individuals come together to share their skills, boost their knowledge of building and create a number of houses collectively.

Some groups form themselves and others are formed by housing associations or other agencies.

Cohousing custom build

Cohousing communities are intentional communities created and run by their residents.

Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home, but residents come together to manage their community, share activities, eat together.

Affordable custom build

Those on a low income can participate in the planning, design and building of their own homes through custom build. They can learn a range of new skills and save money through sweat equity.

Further Information and Advice

If you would like to know more or have any queries about the register please contact us

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details

Please note by completing the registration form you are agreeing that

  • You are over 18
  • You 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 the Wyre Forest district to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

Please note an association is eligible for entry in the register if each member of the association meets all of the eligibility requirements for an individual set out above.

Wyre Forest District Council