Self build housing

image Information about  planning and building your own home
Information about planning and building your own home

Self build or custom build is simply the process of designing, planning and building your own home.

There are several routes to building your own home and the level of involvement you have can vary greatly depending which way you choose. Some people wish to manage the design and construction process and do the building and labouring work themselves while others commission a contractor to do it for them.

Projects range from individual homes on single plots to group projects on larger sites.

To understand what type of self build is best for you and your budget please visit the Self Build Portal:

Self-build register 

Stroud District Council is committed to supporting people to build their own home and has developed a register to find out what the demand is for self-build/custom build plots in the area.  We will use the information to support negotiation with developers on self-build provision on larger housing sites – see our Local Plan Policy HC3 and to guide future policy making. We shall also be exploring ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together.

If you register this does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available.   We do not offer assistance to individual self or custom housebuilders to identify or secure plots.

Eligibility criteria and fees for registration

Important changes from 31st October 2017 that introduce local eligibility criteria and registration fees

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 have allowed local authorities to set local eligibility criteria ("a local connection test") and to set fees for joining the register. We are introducing a local connection test and fees and from 31st October 2017 the register will be divided into two parts.

  • Part 1 – people who meet the local connection test and the basic eligibility
  • Part 2 – people without a local connection but meet the basic eligibility

Please note:  Registration criteria and the joining fee applies to an individual or each individual in an association or group who are looking to take on a project.

In order to register you must meet the basic eligibility criteria set by Central Government:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • A British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the UK, or a national of Switzerland
  • Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Stroud District to build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence

Part 1 – People / groups of individuals who meet the local connection test

This part of the register keeps track of local demand and the Council will need to consider the number of registrations when looking to provide sufficient planning consents for serviced plots for self and custom build projects.

To be eligible for Part 1 of the register you will need to:

1. Meet the basic eligibility criteria (above); and

2. Meet the local connection test; one of the following must be met immediately prior to the date of your application to join the register:

  • Lived in the Stroud District for a period of at least 6 months out of the last 12 months; or
  • Have previously lived in the Stroud District continuously for a period of at least 3 years out of the past 5 years; or
  • Have had permanent employment in the Stroud District for at least 6 months; or
  • Have immediate family members (adult children, siblings, parents) who have lived in the Stroud District continuously for at least 5 years.

*The only exception to the above will be members of the Armed Forces. Any person who is in the service of the regular armed forces of the Crown is deemed to satisfy the connection test, and anyone who has previously served in the armed forces will be deemed to satisfy the connection test for a period of 5 years after leaving service.


If you meet the above eligibility criteria and wish to be included in Part 1 of the register you will be charged an entry fee of £75.

Part 2

This part of the register keeps track of general demand for self-build and custom build and will inform planning policy and the Council’s overall approach to self-build and custom housebuilding.   There is no requirement for the Council to grant sufficient development permissions for serviced plots of land to meet this demand.

To be eligible for Part 2 of the register, you will need to have met the basic eligibility criteria.


There will be an entry fee charge of £25 to be included in Part 2 of the register.

Registration prior to 31st October 2017

All entrants on the Self and Custom-Build Register as at 30th October 2017 will automatically be included under Part 1 criteria.   An annual retention fee will be introduced on 31st October 2018 for entrants wishing to remain on Part 1 of the Register. Otherwise, they will be removed.

Register here

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.

If you have any problems registering or need to update your entry on the self-build and custom build register please email

Further help and advice

For useful information about self build/custom build projects and what you will need to consider in deciding the right route for you please visit:

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