• Developer-built one-off home – A developer with a site and a design you like takes care of everything. To save costs, you could finish it yourself.
  • Developer-led group project – A developer organises a group and builds the homes. To save costs, the self builders finish them off.


  • Self build one-off home – You manage the design and construction process and undertake a fair proportion of the actual building work too.
  • Contractor built one-off home – You manage the design process, select a contractor and then they take care of the construction work.
  • Kit home – You select your preferred kit home. You may have to organise the foundations; the kit home company then erects the house.
  • Independent community collaboration – You work with others to acquire a site to split up into plots, then organise the design and construction of your own home.
  • Supported community self build group – A social landlord or the Community Self Build Agency helps you build a group of homes together.


Since April 2016 when new legislation came into effect, you have the Right to Build. This Government-backed initiative offers you the chance to register your interest in custom or self build with a local authority, who will then need to consider how they make shovel-ready sites available for those on its register.

If you add your details to a register, you may be contacted with details of available land.

Register with the local authority in the area you want to build your own home.

Every local authority is, by law, now expected to host or manage a Right to Build register, please get in contact with NaCSBA at to let us know if your local authority does not have one.

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