Self Build & Custom Housebuilding Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housing Act 2015 places a duty on Hart District Council to maintain a Register of people who are interested in self and custom house building opportunities in the local area. The purpose of the Register is to inform us of the level of demand for self and custom house building plots within Hart.

Once you are on the Register, we may contact you from time to time with updates about the self build and custom housebuilding in Hart, including providing details of serviced plots which are granted planning permission. Joining the Register does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or made available to you.

What are self-build and custom build homes?

Self build housing refers to an individual, or group of individuals, directly organising the design and construction of their own homes. Custom build usually means an individual working with a specialist developer to construct your home.

For either option, a serviced plot with vehicular access needs to be available on which to construct the dwelling. A plot could be on its own or part of a larger scheme.

Hart District Council is aiming to increase the supply of serviced plots on larger developments through Policy H1 of the adopted Hart Local Plan 2032.

Eligibility criteria

You can apply to enter the Register if you:

  • Are aged 18 or over
  • Are a British citizen, a national of an European Economic Area State other than the UK, or a national of Switzerland
  • Have paid the relevant fee required to enter or remain on the register
  • Be seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in Hart for your own self-build and custom housebuilding project
  • Have sufficient resources to purchase land for your self-build or custom housebuilding project (see the Eligibility Conditions Guidance Note for details)

The Hart Self Build and Custom House Building Register is divided into two parts. To be entered onto Part 1 of the Register, you must satisfy all of the criteria above and meet the local connection test. An association is only eligible for entry to Part 1 if each member meets all of the requirements.

Applicants who cannot satisfy the local connection test but meet all other criteria will be added to Part 2 of the Register.

The level of demand is only calculated from entries on Part 1 of the Register.


In accordance with the Self and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016, Local Authorities are permitted to charge applicants a fee to cover the costs of administering the Register.

The one-off inclusion fees and annual fees are shown in the table belo

Type of Fee



Inclusion fee - Part 1



Inclusion fee - Part 2



Annual fee - Part 1



Annual fee - Part 2



How to apply

If you would like to be placed on the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Register please complete the application form. If you are applying as an association, all members of the association are required to complete and submit the application form.

Once you have been notified that your application meets the eligibility criteria, instructions for how to pay the inclusion fee will be sent to you by email.

Further information and advice

The Register is not be a public document, but we will regularly publish headline statistics, such as the current level of demand and number of plots required by location.

If you have any queries about the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Register, if your details or circumstances change, or you wish to be removed from the Register, please contact:


Phone: 01252 77411