Self-build and custom house building register

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016, places a duty on the council to keep a register for people who are interested in a self-build or custom-build home in the London Borough of Bromley.

What is self build and custom housebuilding? 

Self-build is where you purchase the land and build your own house on a single plot. You may build the house yourself or employ a builder, architect and, if necessary a project manager to oversee the build.

Custom Housebuilding is similar to self build homes but facilitated in some way by a developer. This still offers the chance to have a unique home, but through a more hands off approach than a traditional self build. Custom build can mean a single one-off home commissioned by an individual and built by a developer, through to a group of homes, built by a developer, but with the offer of bespoke design for the individual.

Who is eligible for entry on the register?

  • You must be: 
  • aged 18 or older;
  • a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority’s area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

How is the register used?

This register will form part of the council's evidence base and help us understand the level of demand for self-build and custom-build houses, which will assist in the preparation and implementation of planning policies.

It will inform our  planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.

Please note that entry on the register will not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or come available. Subsequent applications for self-build and custom-build projects will require planning permission and will be assessed on their merits in line with the council’s planning policies and guidance.


To register, please email