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Self-build and custom-build housing

Self-build or custom-build is simply the process of designing, planning and building your own home. There are several routes to building your own home and the level of involvement you have can vary greatly depending which way you choose. Some people wish to manage the design and construction process and do the building and labouring work themselves while others commission a contractor to do it for them.  Projects range from individual homes on single plots to group projects on larger sites. 

To understand what type of self-build is best for you and your budget please visit the Self Build Portal.

Local authorities are required to research demand for self-build plots in their area and from 1 April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 obliges them to maintain a list of people and groups interested in building their own homes. The register will be used to see how many people are interested in building their own homes in the borough. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available. 

Do you have a serviced plot available?

If you are looking to promote a possible site for self or custom-build, please notify us. The site will need to be acceptable in planning terms and will require planning permission. A serviced plot is defined in the regulations as being one that has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water.

Self-build & Custom-build Register

If your contact details change or you acquire a self or custom-build plot, please let us know. We will also contact you on a yearly basis to ask whether you have acquired a self-build/custom-build plot and/or to see if you wish to remain on the register.

The register will not be a public document and will be treated as confidential. However, the council will publish headline data (i.e. location, type, and/or demand) from the register annually in the Authorities Monitoring Report (AMR).


To join the self and custom build register you will need to meet the following criteria – this applies to individuals looking to take on a project or each individual in a group:

  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You are a British Citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • You are looking to acquire a serviced plot of land in Wyre to build a house to live in as your sole or main residence

Register your interest 

You do not need to be on the register to self or custom build, however if you are registered you may be informed if suitable sites become available. To register please complete the form below. The questions are designed to give the council a clear understanding of your requirements and help us build up a picture of the local demand for self-build. We also need to understand how you intend to finance the development. The information can be used to explore ways in which it might be possible for individuals to be advised of suitable plots when they become available. We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details.

Self-build and custom-build register - Application form

Please return the completed form:

  • By post - Planning Policy Team, Wyre Council, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7PU
  • By email –

Upon receiving a completed form, eligibility will be accessed and your application will be processed within 28 days. Once processed you will receive email confirmation.

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