Self and Custom Housebuilding

Cotswold District Council is committed to supporting people to build their own home. Building your own home can be a more affordable route to home ownership and an opportunity to own a bespoke and sustainably designed, high quality home. It can offer opportunities to smaller builders and contractors, create local jobs and contribute to local economies.

  • Custom build housing is where a builder is contracted by a home owner to create a ‘custom built’ home.
  • Self build describes a project where you play a significant part in the process of designing, planning and building your own home.

Projects range from individual homes on single plots to group projects on larger sites. 

Self build register

The government has asked local councils to find out what the demand is for self build plots in their area by starting a self build register. We will use the information to guide local policy on self-build homes and help potential self-builders to find suitable plots. For more information please:


To join the self and custom build register you need to meet the following criteria -this applies to individuals looking to take on a project or each individual in a group:

  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You are a British Citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • You are looking to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Cotswold District to build a house to live in as your main residence.

The regulations allow the Council 28 days from your application to decide if you are eligible for inclusion. The Council then has 28 days to let you know its decision. If your application isn't eligible, the Council will have to give you reasons. The Council may ask you to provide documents to prove your eligibility.

The Council can remove any entry from their register if it considers that the individual or in the case of an association any member, is no longer eligible.

Join the self build register

Please note that you are just registering your interest in building your own home in this district and it does not guarantee a plot of land or planning approval for a scheme in the Cotswold District. If you have any problems registering please:

Self build register statistics

As requested by Government in the Planning Practice Guidance, we have collated statistics about the current applicants' preferences on the Register. These applicants registered between 1 April 2016 and 31 October 2016 and all information has been anonymised. This is to be used by our Planning teams and developers and individuals to inform any developments coming forward, to meet the demand for self and custom build homes in the Cotswold District and will be updated every 12 months. Please:

Self build help and advice

For planning advice for a scheme or other self build questions, please:

For help finding what type of self build is best for you and your budget please visit the:

If you are looking for a building plot please visit:

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road