SDC Self and Custom Build Register

Self build housing, also known as custom build, typically involves individuals commissioning the construction of a new house from a builder, contractor, package company or physically building a house for themselves.

The purpose of the Register is to enable the Council to gather evidence to see if there is a demand for self or custom build homes within the District. It will allow us to develop our housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

To complete the Self and Custom Build registration form, please register your contact details by using the link on the right.

How your Information will be used

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for self and custom build plots in Sevenoaks, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. However, registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

The Council will only use the information internally and to publish headline demand figures. Any identifiable information will not be passed on to 3rd parties without formal prior consent from the person who registered their details.

If you require further information, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01732 227000 or by email to

Further Support

The Government has created a dedicated service and online resource for those who are interested in a self or custom build project, including advice on finding a plot of land:

The Government has also launched Help to Build an equity loan that will be available to people in England who want to custom build or self build their own home. More detail can be found on the dedicated Help to Build website here.

Headline Figures - Base Period 2020/21

Total number of individuals on the register: 188

Number of individuals for base period 2020/21: 53

Total number of groups on the register: 0

Preference of location by Placemaking Area for each individual:

Placemaking Area Upper Darent Corridor Darent Valley North East North West Sevenoaks & Surrounds South
First Preference 13 12 11 6 45 18
Second Preference 12 19 8 6 37 14
Third Preference 12 19 3 5 25 17





No preference/undecided: 90

Top three reasons indicated for self/custom built home:



home for your needs

Cost (unable to buy

a home)



  43% 20% 19%

You may now respond to this consultation


  • Opened
    2 Jul 2015 at 12:00
  • Closes
    31 Jul 2030 at 23:59