Self-build and custom build housing

  • Self-build and custom build housing

We are committed to supporting access to both affordable and market housing for local people and this includes supporting people wishing to build their own homes.

Self build and custom build housing

Self build housing, typically involves people organising the design and construction of a new house with a builders and contractors, or physically building a house for themselves.

The self build and custom build register

The register enables us to gather evidence to see if there is a demand for self build and custom build homes within Thanet. It will allow us to develop our housing and planning policies to support the kinds of projects that would be most appropriate.

Registering your interest in self build and custom build

If you would like to register your interest please complete the application form available here, and either email it to or post to Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate CT9 1XZ. A group of people can apply as an association in which case details must be provided for the lead contact.

The eligibility criteria to be entered on the register are as follows.

Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals must be:


  • Aged 18 or older
  • A British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland;and
  • Seeking(either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority's area to build a house to occupy as that individual's sole or main residence

How your information will be used

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for self build and custom build plots in Thanet, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. However, registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

We will only use the information internally. Any identifiable information will not be passed on to third parties without formal prior consent from the person who registered their details.

If you require further information, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01843 577591 or by email to

Further support

The Government has created a dedicated service and online resource for those who are interested in a self or custom build project:

The Self Build Portal

National Custom & Self Build Association