Bournemouth Self Build and Custom Build Register

A register to help us identify the level of demand for self / custom housebuilding plots in Bournemouth

What is self build and custom build?

The terms ‘self build’ and ‘custom build’ are used to describe situations where individuals or groups are involved in creating their own home. The amount of personal involvement will vary. Self build projects are where an individual directly organises and commissions the design and construction of their new home. Custom build homes are where a developer co-ordinates the whole process for the person/people involved.  

What are the types of self build and custom build projects?

  • Individual self build – an individual purchases a plot of land to build their own home to live in. They may do some or all of the build themselves, or employ an architect or builder to do the work for them, (or a project manager to oversee the process).
  • Developer-led custom build – a developer divides a larger site into individual plots and provides a design and build service to purchasers, enabling people to customise existing house designs.
  • Group custom build – a group of people come together to design and develop a custom build housing development which they then live in. They may build it themselves or with help from a developer to manage the project.
  • Supported Community self build group – a social landlord or the Community Self Build Agency helps a group of people build their homes together. See the Self Build Portal for further information.

Self Build and Custom Build Register

Please complete our online form to let us know if you are considering a self / custom build project, either as an individual or as part of a group.

Please note that by signing up to the register, we cannot guarantee that a plot that meets your specifications will be available.

What happens to your information?

This Register will provide an indication of the demand for self / custom build in Bournemouth and will help us inform the development of planning / housing policy.

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

The register will not be a public document, but headline information will be published annually in monitoring reports, for example, the number of plots and type of houses required.

National Policy on Self Build and Custom Build

The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act came into force in March 2015 which was amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (c22).

New Regulations (now superseded) and Planning Practice Guidance came into force on 1st April 2016 outlining how councils should meet the requirements of the Act.

New Regulations came into force on 31 October 2016:-

Further Information

Please refer to the Self Build Portal for further information on self / custom build.

If you are interested in group or community self build please go to the Community Self Build Agency website


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