Self-build and custom housebuilding

The Council has set up a register for people who are interested in a self-build or custom-build home in Richmond upon Thames.

About the register

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 the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

On 1 April 2016 the statutory duty 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.


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.

It will inform the Council’s planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.

Please note that entry on the register will not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or come available. Subsequent applications for self-build and custom-build projects will require planning permission and will be assessed on their merits in line with the Council’s Local Plan policies and guidance.

Other information

  • The Authority’s Monitoring Reports on Housing sets out annually details regarding future housing land supply, identifying sites with planning permission.
  • The Mayor of London's Community Housing Hub is to support Londoners and community groups who want to build their own homes including for example on advice and feasibility and links to other resources.
  • The Self Build Portal is the Government endorsed advisory website for self-builders and custom-builders

Add your details to the Local Self-Build Register

Updated: 22 June 2018