Self and custom build homes

From 1 April 2016 The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on local councils in England to keep and have regard to a register of people who are interested in self-build or custom build projects in their area.

As part of our new Local Development Plan we need to gather evidence to see if there is a demand for custom or self-build homes within the District.

Self-build and Custom Build Register

If you wish to build your own home as a self-build or custom builder please register your interest.


By registering your interest you will help inform Harlow Council of the level of demand for self-build and custom build plots in Harlow, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build. We will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together.

Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, become available or that planning consent will be forthcoming for any sites identified.


Self-build projects are defined as those where someone directly organises the design and construction of their own home. This covers a wide range of projects including a traditional DIY self-build home to projects where the self-builder employs someone to build their home for them. Community-led projects can also be defined as self-build.

Custom build

Custom build homes are where you work with a developer as an individual or a group to help deliver your own home. The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home. This is more of a hands-off approach but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

Further Information and advice

If you would like to know more about the Right to Build project, have any queries about the registration, or would like a copy of the registration form sent to you, please contact the Forward Planning Team by email:, or call via Contact Harlow, or by post:

Forward Planning
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
CM20 1WG