• 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.


From April 2016, you have a 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.

The list of local authorities with a Right to Build register is increasing every day.

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