The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015


The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 was introduced in March 2015 and was amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This act places a duty on local authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to bring forward self-build and custom house-building projects.

To enable us to incorporate the need for such plots into the local plan process and to allocate sufficient land to enable people to build their own homes, the council will be keeping a register of those who wish to build their own homes.


Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for inclusion on the register must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18 or older
  • A British citizen, a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) (GOV.UK), other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • 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
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council currently has no local connection tests or fees

When applying to be entered on the register, individuals who wish to register as an association must appoint a member or officer to act as the lead contact for the purposes of correspondence between the association and the council.

The register

This summary is updated on a quarterly basis. Where an unserviced plot is sought these applicants are not eligible for the register therefore they have been included for reference only and are not part of the overall figures.

There are currently seven registered individuals that are potentially interested in building in a group however there are no formal groups registered.

What to do next

If you are interested in building your own home but are unable to find sufficient land to do so please complete our self-build registration form

Alternatively you can download, print and complete the self-build registration form (DOCX) and return it to the Planning Policy team at the following address:

Planning Policy Team
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
Hinckley Hub
Rugby Road
LE10 0FR

Eligible applicants will then be added to our self-build and custom house-building register.

Last updated: ‎19/01/2023 08:58