Self-build and custom housebuilding register

The government wants to enable more people to build their own homes. We would like to find out how many people are actively seeking land to build a home in the Harrogate district.

We also want to gather information on where people are with their self-build journey to better tailor our approach.

What is self-build and custom housebuilding?

Self-build is where someone directly plans the design and construction of their own home. Finding and buying the plot of land and either physically undertaking the work themselves as a 'DIY' project or arranging for a contractor to build their own home for them.

Custom build projects are where someone works with a specialist developer to deliver their new home. In this scenario, the custom builder may secure the site for you and manage the build of your home.

Registering with the council

We are required to develop a register of people who are seeking land to build a home, in line with the Self-Build Act 2015 and The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016.

Please note that we have revised our processes in line with the latest national guidance, as well as introducing a fee to cover the costs for additional administration. For more information please see our self and custom build register guidance.

If you wish to make an application for entry into the register please complete the following application

Self-build and custom housebuilding register application

Eligibility for entry in either part one or part two of the register is set out in The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 Regulation 4 which can be viewed online at

Local eligibility criteria for entry onto part one of the register are set out in the self and custom housebuilding register guidance

If you are already on our register you don't need to re-apply.

How we will use information from the register

The register provides demand data which we use when carrying out our planning, housing, land disposal, and regeneration functions. 

Demand data will guide the number, location, and type of self-build and custom-build plots that the council permits. Registration does not, however, guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

Further information is set out in our self-build and custom housebuilding update report - January 2023. This report sets out our current picture of demand and delivery of self-build and custom-build plots and dwellings.

Other useful sources of information about self-build and custom housebuilding

There are a number of sources of information which may assist you if you are thinking of building your own home as an individual or as part of a group.

Useful websites

The Self-Build Portal

National Self-Build Association

Right to Build Task Force

Build Store