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Self-build and Custom Build Housing

Self-build housing, also known as Custom Build, typically involves individuals and/or associations commissioning the construction of a new house from a builder, contractor, package company or physically building a house for themselves. Sometimes developers offer the option of a serviced plot where individuals can design and build their own home as part of a larger scheme.

The Council has a register for people who are interested in self-build. The register will help with informing the Council of the level of demand for self and custom build plots in the Borough. We shall use the information provided to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

The Government has issued Regulations External Hyperlink about eligibility for entry on the register.  An individual is eligible for entry on the register if that individual is:

If the applicant is a group or an association, each member of the association must complete the online form and fulfil the eligibility criteria.

A number of changes to the Self and Custom Build Register were approved at a meeting of the Council's Executive on 10th July 2017. More information can be found in the Agenda, decisions and draft minutes. The approved changes to the Council's Self and Custom Build Register include the introduction of a charging fee for applicants joining and remaining on the Register, and the introduction of a local connection test. These changes will take effect from 1st August 2017.

Applicants joining the register

Applicants must confirm that they have either:

To Register

To register your interest in self and custom build in Fareham, please complete the online registration form.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register on to anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details. Please contact us via email at planningpolicy@fareham.gov.uk to notify us if your circumstances change or you wish to be deleted from the register.

Please note - A fee of £20 will apply for joining the register. Payment can be made by cheque, made payable to Fareham Borough Council and sent to Planning Strategy & Regeneration, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Way, Fareham, PO16 7AZ or by cash in person at the Cash Office in the Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham. Opening hours are 8.45am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Please complete the payment form PDF (13 KB) to accompany your cheque or cash payment. A confirmation email will be sent to you once your payment has been received. Alternatively, payment can be made by credit or debit card by calling Planning Strategy & Regeneration on 01329 824601 after the online form has been completed.

Applicants remaining on the register

An annual fee of £10 will apply to those applicants who wish to remain on the register. Annual payments will be sought in the August/September of each year to cover the following 1st November to 31st October period.

Additional Information

You can find more information relating to self-build and custom build at www.selfbuildportal.org.uk External Hyperlink. and www.customandselfbuildtoolkit.org.uk. External Hyperlink



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