Custom/Self-Build Register

Registering an interest in Custom/Self Build

About Self Build

We are committed to supporting access to both affordable and market housing for local people. This includes supporting people wishing to build their own homes.

Self-build housing, also known as Custom Build, typically involves individuals commissioning the construction of a new house from a builder, contractor, package company or physically building a house for themselves.  We cannot register an interest to build a dwelling under self-build, if you would like to build a house and sell it on.  If you would like to register an interest please email us at and title your email REGISTERING AN INTEREST IN CUSTOM/SELF-BUILD and we will email you a form for completion.  Alternatively you can download the Registration Form on the right of this page.  You can complete this electronically and email it back to us at  There is also a PDF version that you can print out for completion and post back to us.

What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home and have recently published national guidance which sets out how councils should manage the demand for self-build and custom house-building. A key element of the guidance is the requirement to keep a register of interested individuals and associations which will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build locally in the Isles of Scilly. The information held by the register will allow the Council to develop their housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

How we will use information from the register

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in the Isles of Scilly, for instance where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together, for instance by including appropriate policies in Local Plans. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable serviced plot will be identified, or become available.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone without the written consent of the person who registered their details.

Current No of Individuals on the Self Building Register


Figure last updated: June 2024