The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on the council to keep a register of individuals and community groups, who have expressed an interest in acquiring ‘serviced land' to bring forward self-build and custom-build housing projects.

What is self-build and custom-build housing?

‘Self-build' and 'custom-build' housing may be commissioned and/or built by an individual or by a group of individuals for their own use, either by building the home on their own or working with builders and contractors.

The amount of personal involvement in the building process will vary. Self-builders will physically build all or part of a home themselves.  For custom-build, a developer will seek a number of self-build clients and build their homes to their specification under a contract.

What is 'serviced land'?

'Serviced land' is land which has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water. 

How can people register interest in self-build and custom housebuilding in Hertsmere?

If you wish to be included on the register for Hertsmere Borough Council, please fill out the application form and return it to us. You can register either as an individual, an association or group. We do need all the information marked as essential to check your eligibility for inclusion on the register. Your information will also help us understand what the demand is locally.

Please note that the Government may issue further guidance, and so we may need to contact you again for more information.

If you have already registered or if you plan to register your details with an alternative self-build website, you should still also register with each of the district councils that cover the areas you would like to build within as this will help make sure we are aware of and can plan for local demand.

What information will the register contain?

In accordance with the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016, the register must contain the following information:

  1. For an individual – name and address
  2. For an association or group – name and address of the association; name and address of the lead contact for the association (if different); and the number of serviced plots in Hertsmere that the association is seeking to acquire.

The information on the register may be updated at any time.


How will we use the information provided?

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in Hertsmere.

At this stage you are not making any commitment to self or custom-build as we are just trying to establish the level of demand. Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

By registering your details, you are agreeing that we can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom-build and self-build housing in Hertsmere. The register itself will not be a public document, but the Government guidance encourages councils to publish headline data from it as part of the Authority Monitoring Report (AMR).

In preparing this register, we are making no commitment to provide self-build or custom-build plots.

**Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available**

Related forms

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register Application Form

Guidance note to application form

This form should be completed electronically and returned to Alternatively, it can be returned by post addressed to the Planning Policy Department.

Further information