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Self and custom build housing

Self-build and custom housebuilding is housing built by individuals, or groups, for their own use, either by building the home on their own or by working with builders.

Self-build and custom housebuilding register

We are required by law to hold a register of people who are interested in self-build and custom housebuilding in Bedford Borough.

This register also includes people wanting to acquire serviced plots of land for self-build and custom housebuilding.

Read more about the self-build and custom housebuilding, legislation and the register:

We consider the register when carrying out our functions in relation to planning, housing, regeneration and the disposal of any land owned by the Council.

The register is not publicly available. Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot to meet your specific needs will be made available.

Qualifying for the register

To be included on the register you (and all the individuals in an association) must be:

  • age 18 or over
  • a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • wanting to acquire a serviced plot of land to build a house to occupy as your sole or main home

Apply for inclusion on the register

To apply for your details to be placed on the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register as an individual, please download the attached form and guidance note and send your completed form (and any supporting evidence requested) to

As at 10 May 2022, following the 2021 annual register update, the Bedford Borough Council Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register consists of:

Individuals Part 1 = 53
Individuals Part 2 = 46
Associations Part 1 = 0
Associations Part 2 = 0
Total entries on register = 99

Updating an entry on the register

You can change or remove your details by emailing or writing to:

Housing Strategy Team
Bedford Borough Council
Room 415, Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

More information: