Self-build and custom-build register | Central Bedfordshire Council

Self-build and custom-build register

How will we use provided information?

We will use information gathered on the level of demand for self-build and custom-build plots in Central Bedfordshire to develop a strategy for delivering serviced plots for self-build and custom-build projects and to inform local policies aimed at making land available.

We will also 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, or become available.

The register will not be a public document, but we will publish headline data, such as number of plots required by location, from it annually. Information published will contain no personal information.

What types of self and custom build are there?

There are a number of ways in which self-builders can procure and construct their own home. Firstly, there are different approaches to the process – some self-builders take forward projects alone, others work in groups. Secondly, the level of self-build varies – ranging from self-builders carrying out the whole of the construction to custom builders who hire a contractor to carry out the construction through to completion. More information on the typical approaches can be found on the Self-Build Portal (link opens in new window).

How can I find out more about self and custom build?

The following external websites have information on self and custom build housing:

If you have any queries about the registration, please get in touch via

Do Self and Custom Build projects have to pay Community Infrastructure Levy?

There are certain exemptions from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for self and custom-build projects. Details of these can be found on the government's Planning Portal (link opens in new window).