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Build your own home

We are required under the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 to keep a register of people who are interested in self-build or custom-build projects in the area. This helps us understand the level of demand for self-build and custom-build plots in Dorset.

By signing up to the register, we can inform you if serviced plots become available to purchase. Serviced plots are plots of land that we own or acquire, that have planning permission and are ready to build on.

East Dorset area

Sign up to the register to get notified when self-build plots become available in your area. This doesn't guarantee you a plot, but we will use information from the register to look for ways to meet the demand for self-build and custom-build plots in the future. Download the form and send it to us.

North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland area

Sign up to the register to get notified when self-build plots become available in your area. This doesn't guarantee you a plot, but we will use information from the register to look for ways to meet the demand for self-build and custom-build plots in the future.

Purbeck area

Sign up to the register to get notified when self-build plots become available in your area. This doesn't guarantee you a plot, but we will use information from the register to look for ways to meet the demand for self-build and custom-build plots in the future.

Who can register

You can register if you are:

  • aged 18 or over
  • a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • 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 your sole or main residence

If you are applying as a group or an association, each member must meet the eligibility criteria.

What self-build and custom-build housing is

Self-build

You directly organise the design and construction of your own home. This covers a wide range of projects, including a traditional DIY self-build home to projects where you employ someone to build your home. Community-led projects can also be defined as self-build.

Custom-build

This involves working with a developer as an individual or a group to help build your own home. The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home. This is more of a hands-off approach, but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

Exemption from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

CIL is a charge applied to new developments to help fund infrastructure in the area. Self-build homes are exempt from CIL.

The former East Dorset District Council area

Read more about CIL in the former East Dorset District Council area including the types of development exempt from CIL and how to apply for exemption.

The former North Dorset District Council area

There is no CIL charge for properties in the former North Dorset District Council area.

The former Purbeck District Council area

In the former Purbeck District Council area self-build homes are subject to a legal charge that will expire after 3 years. If you sell before 3 years, you must pay the charge. Once you have lived in your home for 3 years, the charge is removed.

You must apply for a CIL exemption.

The former West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council areas

Read more about CIL in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland and how self build and custom build projects can claim relief.

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