Planning and building

Self-build and custom-build housing

The Government's Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 encourage house building across the country. As part of these regulations we must keep a self-build and custom-build 'register' of people interested in this type of housebuilding.

Join the self-build register

We're planning to deliver serviced plots of land for self-builders. Plots will become available throughout the city in the future.

Complete our online form if you're interested in designing, building or commissioning your own home - this will help us identify the kind of plots you need and let us keep you up to date on future developments.

Register your interest in a self-build or custom-build plot in York

To register you must be:

  • over 18 years old
  • a British Citizen (or citizen within the European Economic Area, or a national of Switzerland)
  • an individual or group
  • seeking to acquire a 'serviced plot of land' to build a house as your main residence

Create your own home

Self-build Homes

Self-build projects are:

  • when someone directly organises the design and construction of their own home
  • traditional 'DIY self builds'
  • when you employ someone to build a home for you

Community-led projects can also be defined as 'self-build'.

Custom-build Homes

Custom-build homes are where:

  • you work with a developer as an individual (or group) to help deliver your own home
  • an existing plot or new build house is tailored to match your individual requirements

The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home.

Group and Community Builds

Many self-builds are carried out by groups of like-minded people. This not only helps to spread the development costs but also means you can live alongside friends or people who share similar interests or needs as yourself.

Group and Community Builds require more land but we want to make them work where we can. If you are interested in creating a group build in the city, sign up to the self-build register and contact Planning and Environmental Management for further information.

Lowfield Green Development

Planning approval has been granted on the Lowfield Green site and outline planning permission has been granted on the first 6 serviced self build plots provided through the Council.

The application has been submitted in 2 parts and you can view the full planning applications online:

View the following documents in relation to the Lowfield Green Development:

Make sure you sign up to our self-build register to receive information on future sales and get in contact if you have any queries on this development.

Also see

Planning and Environmental Management (Self-build)

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552255