Right to Build

In 2014 the Government announced an initiative called the ‘Right to Build’ which it intends to legislate for in 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.


In brief, self-build 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 your own home as part of a larger scheme.

The Right to Build Register

If you would like to register your interest for a self-build or custom build plot, please download and complete the registration form and email to Alternatively, post your form to: Economic & Sustainable Development, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL.

By registering your interest we will be able to find out more about the demand for this type of development in Three Rivers. 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.**

Association Application to Register for Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding (pdf)

Individual Application to Register for Self-Custom Housebuilding (pdf)