Self-Build and Custom Build Register

In accordance with the Government’s aim to boost housing supply by supporting self-build and custom building, the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on certain public authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to bring forward self-build and custom housebuilding projects.

Winchester City Council’s Self-Build and Custom Build Register was launched on the 1st of April 2016.

As part of our obligations for keeping a register we must report back to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) on the number of people on our register and the number of permissions granted for self-build and custom build plots.

  • What is self-build housing?

    The legal definition is the building of houses by individuals or associations of individuals to be occupied as homes by those individuals. It does not include the building of a house on a plot acquired from a person who builds the house wholly or mainly to plans or specifications decided or offered by that person.

    A “serviced plot of land” means a plot of land which has access to or can be provided with a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water.

  • What area does the Self-Build and Custom Build register cover?

    The Self-build register covers the areas of the Winchester District that fall outside of the South Downs National Park (SDNP) - those NOT shown in blue on the map on the right hand side of this page.

    To register for Self-build or Custom build in areas within the SDNP, please register with the SDNP at

  • Am I eligible to be entered onto the Self-Build and Custom Build Register?

    An individual is eligible for entry in the register if that individual is:

    • Aged 18 or over;
    • A British citizen, a national of an European Economic Area State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
    • Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Winchester City Council’s district to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

    An association is eligible for entry in the register if each member of the association meets all of the eligibility requirements for an individual set out above.

    To make an application to be entered onto Winchester City Council’s Self-Build and Custom Build Register, please click here

  • How do I remove myself from the register?

    We will remove an entry from the register within 28 days of receiving a written request from the individual or association representing that individual. We will remove an entry from the register if we consider that they are no longer eligible for entry on the register and will notify them in writing.

  • Can I purchase a plot in Winchester?

    Plots of land for sale regularly appear on popular property portals, such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Other websites include and

    The City Council started marketing sites with potential for self-build development, (subject to planning) in 2017. Sites will be marketed on the Commercial Property section of the website. Each individual and association accepted onto the register will be notified when a site becomes available for purchase.

  • What if I have land to sell?

    The Council would be interested in speaking to anyone with land to sell. We would be happy to inform individuals and associations on the register of land available for purchase in Winchester District.

  • Where can I find more information?

    There are a number of national organisations which offer services and act as advocates for self-build and custom housebuilding, including:

    A local organisation called Collaborative Homes, also offer services to support self-build and custom housebuilding.

If you have any questions please email or call 01962 848 075