Custom and Self Build Housing

In 2015 the Government introduced the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (external link) to encourage and support residents to build their own homes.

Haringey Council is required to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire land in Haringey for their own self-build or custom housebuilding project.

Haringey's self-build and custom housebuilding register is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1 keeps track of local demand for self-build and custom housebuilding which must be met via the grant of sufficient development permissions for serviced plots of land
  • Part 2 keeps track of general demand for self-build and custom build, with no requirement to grant sufficient development permissions for serviced plots of land to meet this demand

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How do I apply?

The council maintains its own list to act as the official self-build and custom housebuilding register for Haringey.

You can apply to join the Haringey register by completing the Self-build application form (Word, 275KB) and email it to

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Eligibility for Part 1 or Part 2 of the register is dependent on submission of appropriate information required by regulations and to address local eligibility conditions. Local eligibility conditions include:

  • a requirement to demonstrate a ‘local connection’, which applies to all applications for Part 1 of the register (an exception applies to persons in the service, or who have been in recent service of, the regular armed forces of the Crown); and
  • a requirement to demonstrate sufficient financial resources to purchase land, which applies to Parts 1 and 2 of the register.

Further information about local eligibility criteria can be found in the Local eligibility conditions guidance note (PDF, 29KB).

Please note that if you are accepted on to the register, this will be conditional on the receipt of the required fee.

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The following scale of charges apply:

Table: Scale of charges

Type of applicationFee
Individuals - to join Part 1 or Part 2 of the register£144
Individuals - to remain on Part 1 of the register£144 per year

Further information about fees can be found in the Fees guidance note (PDF, 50KB).

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What happens after I register?

Once you are on the register, we may be in contact with you from time to time with updates about self-build and custom build. We will keep the register under review and update it on a regular basis. We may ask for confirmation of your continued interest in building in the borough at certain intervals to ensure that the register remains accurate.

Please note that the register will not be made public, although the council may report headline data - such as the overall demand for self-build and custom build in Haringey - in the Authority Monitoring Report.

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What applicants should expect from being on the register

Haringey is one of the most densely populated local authorities in the country and there are considerable pressures on land available for development. With a limited supply of land and competing development needs, finding additional plots of land in the borough that can be specifically used for self-build and custom-build is likely to be very challenging.

Please note that the Register does not operate as a waiting list. Further, whilst the council has a duty to grant sufficient permissions for self-build and custom housebuilding plots, there is no requirement for a permission to specifically relate to the preferences expressed by those on the Register.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about self-build and custom build in Haringey, or if there are issues in relation to your application, please contact

If you are currently on the register and your details change – e.g. you change address or your circumstances change - or you wish to be removed from the register, please contact us as soon as possible.

For more information about self-build and custom housing please see:

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Page last updated:

February 20, 2023