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Self build

Are you interested in building your own home?
If so, you may wish to consider joining the council’s self build register.

Self build involves the designing and building of your own home.
Custom build is when you commission a developer to build your own home for you.
This could include schemes for individuals who are interested in building their own home and also community groups who wish to build homes for the benefit of the local community. 

If you do decide to build your own home you would need to:

  • Identify a plot of land
  • Ensure the land has planning permission or can achieve planning permission
  • Decide what tasks you want to carry out yourself and what tasks you would need to hire a contractor to do
  • Raise the finances required to purchase the land and to design and build your home

The government wants more people to be able to build their own home and has asked local authorities to identify demand for this in their own area. We have therefore set up a register for people who are interested in building their own home, which is to be their sole or main residence.

By registering your interest with us, this will not guarantee that a plot will become available to you. However, it will help us to identify the demand for this in Wiltshire.


If you would like to register your interest, please email the Housing Strategy team for your details to be added to the register.
You will need to be 18 years of age or over. You also need to be either a British citizen, a national of an European Economic Area (EEA) state other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland.

The information that we will require from you will include: 

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Where you would like to build your home
  • Your current housing situation
  • Any special requirements

If you are a group, we would require the above details for the contact lead and all members of the group, plus the number of plots that would be required.


Wiltshire Council is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner's Office. Full details of the registration are available at ICO register of data controllers. We can be contacted by phone, in person, or in writing. 

Wiltshire Council is the data controller for the personal information you provide when applying to join the Wiltshire Self Build Register. The council’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at dataprotection@wiltshire.gov.uk.

All the information you provide here will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be linked to any other database; nor will any information be passed on to other agencies or market research organisations.

Wiltshire Council has responsibility for keeping a self-build and custom housebuilding register, as set out in section 1 of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) 

We will share your personal data where necessary and lawful within the council, but we will not share your data with any other third parties unless we are required or permitted to do so by law.

For further information about how Wiltshire Council uses your personal data, including your rights as a data subject, see our Privacy Notice on the website at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/privacy.


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Last updated: 15 January 2020 | Last reviewed: 15 January 2020