Right to Build

In 2014 the Government announced an initiative called the 'Right to Build' which it intends to legislate for on 1 April 2016.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is the interim legislation put in place in advance of the impending Right to Build legislation and it places a duty on local councils to maintain a register of people who are seeking to acquire land to build a home themselves.

The Act requires local authorities to understand what the demand is in their areas for self-build and custom build housing and to have regard to that demand when exercising their strategic planning and other relevant functions.

This means that local planning authorities will have to make provision for self-build and custom build development opportunities in their local plans.


Self-build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home.

Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home.

There may be some overlap between the two - for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

Self Build and Custom Build Register

If you would like to register your interest for a self-build or custom build plot, please complete the registration form and then email it to strategy@watford.gov.uk.

By registering your interest we will be able to find out more about the demand for custom and self build plots in Watford, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house they would like to build. 

By applying to go on the Register you will be registering your interest in purchasing, at market value, a plot within our boundaries.

Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available.

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