Self-build and custom-build homes

Are you interested in developing or building your own home? If so please register your interest with us so that we can factor your needs into future planning policy.

  • Self-build defines projects where an individual or group directly organises the design and construction of their own home or homes.
  • Custom-build homes are where someone works with a developer as an individual or a group to help deliver their own homes. This is more of a hands-off approach, but homes are often tailored to match individual requirements.

We are legally obliged to keep a register of people who are interested in self build and custom build projects in our district. This was established in The Self Build and Custom House Building Act 2015.

We use this register to help us to identify and understand the demand for self-build or custom-build properties. We can then build this into future planning policies to meet the needs of our residents going forward.

More detailed guidance on the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) can be found on the Department of Communities and Local Government website.

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Register your interest

If you would like to register your interest in custom or self build in Horsham, please complete our Online Registration Form.

By completing the register, you are agreeing that Horsham District Council may use the data to understand the demand for self and custom build housing, helping to support our policies to improve the supply of land for this method of house building. Please see our Privacy Policy.

The register is not a commitment to provide self-build or custom build plots, or a promise of a plot.

In order to cover  our costs of maintaining, updating and reporting on the register we charge an annual fee of £22.25.

Register your interest

How many entries are there on the register?

As of 7 April 2024 there are 163 entries on Horsham District Council’s Self and Custom Build Register of Interest of which 117 are Horsham District residents and 46 reside outside of the District.