Self Build Register

The government wants more people to build or commission their new home. To help realise this, councils are required to have a self-build register so we can understand local demand for this type of housing.

This understanding will help inform future policies and projects to help bring forward custom and self-build development.

You can register your interest in self-building as a self-builder online or by emailing planningpolicy@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk.

What is self-build and custom-build?

Self-build housing means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. This can cover a range of projects such as where you:

  • select the design and then do much of the actual construction work yourself
  • arrange for a contractor/builder to build your new home for you

Custom-build homes tend to be those where you work with a specialist developer to help deliver your home. Developers can provide you with everything from securing or providing a site in the first place, through to managing the construction work and even arranging the finance for you.

What area does the register cover?

This register will cover the Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood districts. These three districts are within a shared housing market area, so a joint register has been created to reflect this.

The register allows you to choose from broad areas within these districts as well as giving you the opportunity to inform us if you’d like to build outside the three districts.

More information

You can read further guidance on guidance on self-build and custom-build on the government website.

The National Custom and Self Build Association also includes a range of useful information on self-build and custom housebuilding.