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Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register

We have a duty to keep a register of individuals or associations who are seeking serviced plots of land in Medway to self or custom build their own home that will be their sole or main residence.

The register provides useful information on the level of demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Medway. We will consider this information when allocating land for different types of development in the Medway Local Plan and when deciding on planning applications for housing.

Important notes to consider

  • Self and custom build projects will still be subject to the same planning requirements and obligations as standard residential planning applications.  There are no exemptions for self or custom build.
  • We will keep your details on record and notify you if a suitable plot becomes available.
  • Although we will endeavour to find suitable plots to offer applicants on the register, there is no guarantee as to when or indeed if suitable sites will be identified.
  • We will not share your personal contact details without your permission.
  • When plots are identified, they will be available at market value. 
  • Applicants will need to finance the purchase of land and construction of the development themselves.
  • In considering whether a home is a self-build or custom build home, we must be satisfied that the initial owner of the home will have primary input into its final design and layout.

Apply to be added to the register

People can register either as an individual or as an association of individuals. If you are a couple, or two or more members of one household jointly seeking to acquire a plot, please nominate one member to apply for entry onto the register as an individual.

Individual Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Application Form (pdf, 151KB)

Association Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Application Form (pdf, 237KB)

Association Additional Members Form (pdf, 155KB)

Once you have completed the form, you can then send it to us by:

Email: planning.policy@medway.gov.uk

Post: Planning Policy team, Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation directorate, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR

We will determine your application within 28 days of receiving your form.  Notification of your eligibility will be sent to you within 28 days of the date of determination. 

Self build and custom house-building register headline data

Local planning authorities do not have to publish their register, but are encouraged to publish headline data for each base period, such as;

  • the number of individuals and associations on the register
  • the number of plots sought
  • location preferences
  • plot size
  • type of housing intended to be built

Base period 1 Headline Data (1 April 2016 - 30 October 2016) (pdf, 197KB)

Base period 2 Headline Data (31 October 2016 – 30 October 2017) (pdf, 172KB)

To use the pdf files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.

Guidance on self build and custom housebuilding


Planning practice guidance

Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015

The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016


There are external websites that have further information and guidance on self and custom housebuilding, some of which are listed below:

Homes England

National Custom and Self Build Association

The Self Build Portal


Which? Self build guide


Please note these are external websites and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Medway Council.