What is self-build and custom build?

Self-build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two – for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

What area does the register cover?

Erewash Borough Council is hosting the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register on behalf of all the Councils making up Greater Nottingham. The other Councils working with us are Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council. The register allows you to choose within which area(s) you are interested in building in.

A map showing the extent of this area (excluding the Hucknall part of Ashfield District) can be viewed by clicking here.

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What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home and have recently published national guidance which sets out how councils should manage the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding. A key element of the guidance is the requirement to keep a register of interested individuals and associations which will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build locally in Greater Nottingham. The information held by the register will allow the Councils to develop their housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

Registering your interest in self and custom build

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the registration form. Prior to filling out the form, please take a minute to read the guidance notes which appear above the electronic form.

How we will use information from the register

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in Greater Nottingham, for instance 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, for instance by including appropriate policies in Local Plans. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable serviced plot will be identified, or become available.

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

More information on self-build and custom housebuilding

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NCaSBA) have produced a toolkit which provides advice on how numbers of homes being built through this method can be increased. Whilst the information in the toolkit is primarily aimed at local authorities, there is a range of useful information provided which introduces the main models which typically deliver custom and self-build homes and also showcases a number of informative case studies from the UK and abroad.

If you require any further information, please contact the Planning Policy team via email at or telephone 0115 907 2244.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP 0115 907 2244