Self-Build and Custom Build Register

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Are you interested in self-build and custom build housing? The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires local authorities to keep and maintain a Register of people who are interested in self-build and custom build housing projects in their area. This will help us to find out more about the demand for custom and self-build plots in the Borough of Ipswich, where people would like their plot to be and the type of dwelling that they would like to build.

What are the differences between Self-Build and Custom Build?


Self-build projects are defined as those where an individual personally organises the design and construction and can directly be involved in building a dwelling. The definition covers various forms of projects ranging from traditional DIY projects to community led projects where a builder is employed to build the homes for them.

Custom Build

Custom build homes are where a person or like-minded persons as a group work on a project with a developer. Such projects may be managed by a developer but each dwelling is designed to meet individual specifications.

Both self-build and custom build provides an opportunity to be involved in all stages of the design and building of your property to potentially create a unique and affordable home.

All self-build and custom build housing is subject to the usual planning permissions.

Register your interest in self-build and custom build

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria for entry on the Register. Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for entry on the Register must:

  • be aged 18 or older
  • be a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland and
  • be seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority’s area for their own self-build and custom housebuilding project.

Individuals who wish to register as an association must appoint a member to act as the lead contact for the purposes of correspondence between the association and the Borough Council.

To register your interest please complete the online registration form linked below. 

In order to keep the Register up to date we may contact you from time to time to check whether you wish to remain on the Register.

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

The Register will not be a public document, but we may publish headline data from it annually.

Self-build and custom build demand in Ipswich

The report below sets out headline data on demand for self-build and custom housebuilding revealed by the Register.

Further information and advice

If you would like to know more about self-build and custom build or have any queries about the registration process please contact Anna Roe on 01473 432911 or by email to

Land for self-build and custom build

If you are a local landowner with a piece of land you believe may be suitable for self-build or custom build please contact Anna Roe on 01473 432911 or by email to

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