Building your own home - self-build and custom housebuilding

If you’re looking to build your own home, you can join our Self Build Register.

Self-build: What is it?

Self-build describes projects where the people are involved in involved in organising a build of their own home. They may choose the architect or builder, or do some of the building work or finishing off work too.

Self-building does not necessarily mean picking up bricks and actually doing the work, many self-builders will be involved in the creative side of the process.

Custom housebuilding: What is it?

Custom housebuilding describes a more ‘hands off’ approach, where a specialist developer co-ordinates the whole process for the people involved.

The emerging term 'custom-build' is beginning to be associated with a new concept of custom housebuilding, whereby developers create a number of individual serviced plots with planning permission and encourage individuals to specify their own design and build on them.

You can find out more information about what self-build and custom house building is by visiting the Self Build Portal

Self-build Register

We are required to keep a register of all individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in Solihull and who wish to build homes for themselves to occupy as their main residence.

Apply to join the Solihull Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

If you have any queries or need help or advice in completing the registration form , please contact Solihull Council by emailing