Runnymede Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

Information about the Runnymede Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register including the application form and advisory notes.

What is self build and custom build?

Self-build usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two, for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. To help achieve this, the Self-build and Custom House building Act 2015 was enacted on 26 March 2015 which requires relevant authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in a local authority's area. The Self-build and Custom House building (Register) Regulations 2016 require all local authorities to hold a register of people and groups interested in building their own home in their areas. This register provides an indication of the demand for self/custom build in Runnymede and allows the Council to work to develop a range of suitable sites for development in this way.

Who is eligible for the register?

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 came into force 1 April 2016. The Regulations stipulated that local registers are open to anyone over the age of 18 who is either a British Citizen or national of another EEA state or of Switzerland. It is possible to apply for the register as an individual or an association (i.e. a group of people wanting to build homes together).

The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations were updated in October 2016 and specified that Local Planning Authorities could introduce local eligibility conditions for entry onto the register in the form of a local connection test and a financial solvency test. The Regulations also outlined that Local Planning Authorities would be able to introduce an entry fee and an annual charge for applications wanting to remain on the register. The eligibility criteria for Runnymede including a local connection test, financial solvency test and payment of the requisite entry fee were approved by Planning Committee on 19 April 2017. The report is available on the Planning Committee Agendas 2017 page of the Council's website.

The updated 2016 Regulations specified that applicants whom meet all of the eligibility criteria should be placed onto Part 1 of the register. Those applications that fail a connection test but otherwise meet the eligibility criteria must be entered onto Part 2 of the register.

More information on the eligibility criteria and what it means to be on Part 1 or Part 2 of the register can be found in the Advisory Notes document below. In addition, there will be an entry fee of £65 for the register, and a £60 annual fee for each year after.

Icon for pdf Runnymede Borough Council Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register Advisory Notes [191.39KB]

To apply to be put on the register, please complete the application form below and submit the necessary evidence required to:

  • Email to
  • Post to Technical Administration Team, Planning Services, Runnymede Borough Council, Addlestone Civic Centre, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH

Icon for worddocuments Runnymede Borough Council Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register Application Form [29.96KB]

Officers will determine your application within 28 days of the date of application receipt. Once determined, it will be the responsibility of the applicant to make the fee payment in order to be added to the register. If no payment is made within 5 working days, the application will be deleted and a new application form along with the necessary supporting evidence will need to be resubmitted and re determined.