Self build and custom build advice



The Register

Bassetlaw District Council supports innovative solutions which deliver new homes to the district. Here you will find out about what Bassetlaw District Council is doing to support people interested in designing or building their own home.

As required by the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, and Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016, Bassetlaw District Council holds a register of individuals, and associations of individuals, who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the authority’s area, in order to build dwellings to occupy as their homes. As well as personal information and contact details, the register also captures the type, size and location preference which is helps the council when assessing demand and advising developers.

How Can the Register help you? 

The Register is an option intended to ease the route-in for self-builders by removing the complexities of installing services and seeking planning approval (planning permission would be provided ‘in principle’ for ‘services plots’). However, there are some limitations of the regulations that could mean the Register is not the best route for all.

Things to look out for

Great But look out for...
Councils should grant development permissions for serviced plots in sufficient numbers so that the demand on the register can be met. For example, if we have 10 individuals on the register, we should ensure that across all new sites, there are 10 plots for custom or self-build.

The regulations do not state where the plots need to be provided, only that they have to be in the District. Councils have no obligations in
terms of meeting the demand for plot location.

How Bassetlaw can help you to realise your ambition? 

Planning Applications

For relevant new planning applications we use the Register to provide information on the likely demand for serviced plots for custom or self-build on sites. This will be taken into consideration when determining planning applications for self and custom build.

Bassetlaw Local Plan

The Council is currently working on a new Local Plan which will eventually replace the adopted Bassetlaw Core Strategy (2010). This will contain planning policies to be used in decision-making for self and custom build development proposals. 

CIL Exemption

The Council will assist custom and self-builders by exempting them from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that is normally charged when planning permission is granted for a new dwelling. We also offer pre-application advice so that you are more aware of planning constraints or issues, and can react accordingly before you submit a full planning application. Find information on charges for pre-application advice.

Routes into Custom or Self-Build

There are also many helpful online resources available to advise you further. We find The Self Build Portal to be quite informative, but a simple online search for ‘custom and self build’ would offer a range of sources.

Contact Us

Contact the Strategic Housing team on 01909 533 533.

Alternatively Contact

Bassetlaw District Council 01909 533 533


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Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024