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The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on councils to keep a register of eligible individuals and groups who wish to self-build.



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Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available for purchase.
We do not offer assistance to individual self-build or custom house builders in terms of identifying or securing plots.
Definitions of custom and self build projects
  • Individual custom build:
    An individual purchases a plot and builds a home to live in. You can employ builders, architects and project managers to oversee the building project.
  • Group custom build - (Association):
    A group of individuals develop and built custom build housing themselves or with the assistance of a developer
  • ​Developer led build:
    A developer divides a larger site and not individual plots and provides a development service to an individual who wants to design their own home.

Please note that in order to join the register you need to meet the eligibility criteria and local connection test listed below. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • be aged 18 or older
  • a British Citizen or
  • a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) or
  • a national of Switzerland

To meet the local connection test, you must:

  • have lived in the Borough of Luton for five years or
  • been in paid employment in the Borough of Luton for one year or
  • have an immediate family member who has lived in Luton for past five years (definition of Immediate family: parent, child or sibling. Please note that step or half relatives count as full relatives) or
  • have been in the service of the regular or reserve armed forces of the Crown or have applied within five years of discharge (the tests will also be met where another household member meets this test, including cases of bereavement but not lodgers) 
The form below is an expression of interest and will help shape and provide valuable information for the Council’s future Self and Custom Build Programme.

Your Privacy
We will not pass identifiable information from the register onto anyone outside the council without the written consent of the person who registered their details.
We will keep a register of people and associations that are interested in acquiring service plots of land in the borough of Luton in order to build homes that they will occupy.

For information on how we use your data, please read our privacy policy.

Filling out the questions

Please fill in the questions fully. This will give us a clear picture of details such as e.g. size, price, timescale and design of the home you would like to build.

If you have any questions or need further information please email [email protected] 

If you need to review or change an answer on a previous page, you can click the "Previous" button.

We may require you to provide further information or evidence in support of your application.
If you meet the above eligibility requirements and the local connection test please click the register button below:


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