Self-build and custom housebuilding

Self-build and custom housebuilding

Join the self-build and custom housebuilding register, find out about the Bristol Community Land Trust and funding for home building.

What is self-build and custom housebuilding

With a self-build project you organise the design and construction of your home, possibly working with an architect, contractor or kit home company. With a custom housebuilding project a developer takes on the work and, for example, finds the land, manages the house build and arranges the funding.

This can include:

  • single detached homes on small plots
  • community self-build projects
  • blocks of apartments developed or renovated by a group of people

Join the self-build and custom housebuilding register

If you're interested in self or custom housebuilding, you can apply to join the local register. We need to understand and estimate the demand for it in our local area. We'd like to know how many Bristol citizens are interested in building their own home and the help they'll need to do this.


Register online if you're:

  • an individual
  • in a couple (only one of you needs to register)
  • a member of a household (only one of you needs to register)

Register as an individual

You can join the register if:

  • you're over 18
  • you're a British citizen, a national of an EEA state other than the UK or a national of Switzerland
  • you're looking for a serviced plot of land, in the Bristol City Council area, to build a property that will be your sole or main residence


If you would like to register as an association, download and complete our Word document.

Register as an association (word doc, 67KB) (opens new window)

Complete the form and email to or post to Housing Delivery Team, Self-build and custom house building register, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS3 9NE.

Guidance notes for associations (pdf, 326KB) (opens new window)

Privacy notice

Self-build and custom housebuilding register privacy notice (pdf, 199KB) (opens new window)

Bristol Community Land Trust (BCLT)

We set up the Bristol Community Land Trust with members of the public.

BCLT’s first self-build project will be the redevelopment of a council site at 325 Fishponds Road.  This includes the refurbishment of an old school building and new build housing. You can find out more about the 325 Fishponds development on the BCLT website.

For more information on the work BCLT is doing, email Bridget Petty at

Funding for home building

Government funding is available to small, community and custom builders and regeneration specialists, to build new homes or prepare sites for housing developments. Read about the Home Building Fund on GOV.UK.