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Self-Build Register: Do you want to build your own home?

Many people have decided to take homeownership into their own hands – quite literally.

A Self-Build and Custom Build Register has been set up for those people who want to forward their own scheme in the North Dorset, West Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, Weymouth & Portland areas.

We define self-build as projects where someone directly organises the design and construction of their new home. Custom build homes tend to be those where you work with a specialist developer to help deliver your own home.

Self-build and custom housebuilding registers provide valuable information on demand for this type of housing in Dorset. The information will be used to inform our planning policy and housing functions.

It is important to note that registering an interest in Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding does not mean that a plot will be made available to you.

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria for entry on the register. Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for entry on the register must be:
• aged 18 or older
• a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland and
• 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.

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.

Visit https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/423034/Self-Build-and-Custom-Housebuilding-Register for more information and to register.

Information about pre-application advice for self-build schemes is available by visiting https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/planning/pre-application-advice/west-dorset-weymouth and https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/north/planning/preapp

You can also find out more about Self-Build, including finance, at http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/