Self Build Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on local councils in England to keep and have regard to a register of people who are interested in self-build or custom-build projects in their area. This register is for individuals or associations that are seeking to acquire a serviced plot, or plots, of land to build their own home(s) in the District of Mole Valley.

Information on this register will provide Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) with an indication of the demand for self build in Mole Valley. It will help MVDC take account of that demand in relevant decisions, including preparation of the new Local Plan. It is one of a number of national measures designed to enable more people to build or commission their own home. For further information see the Government Guidance on Self-build and custom housebuilding.

Who can be entered onto the register?

The eligibility criteria for entry onto the register are set out in the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. The Act specifies that to be eligible, an individual must:

  • be aged 18 or older;
  • be a British Citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland;
  • satisfy the local eligibility conditions set by MVDC;
  • pay any fee required by MVDC to enter or remain on the register;
  • be seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land in Mole Valley to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

An association is eligible for entry if each member meets all of the eligibility criteria set out for an individual.

If all criteria are met, the individual will be eligible for Part 1 of Mole Valley’s Self Build Register. If the individual does not meet the local eligibility conditions but meets all other criteria, they will be eligible for Part 2 of the register.

Application fees

Please note that a £25 assessment fee is payable for entry onto the register. Details of how to pay this will be sent via email upon completion of the form below.

To ensure that the information on the register remains up to date, additional information and a £10 renewal fee may be requested annually for those that wish to remain on Mole Valley’s Self Build Register.

Self Build Register Application Form

Please complete all fields marked *.

If you require any assistance completing this form, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01306 879281 or email planning.policy@molevalley.gov.uk. For further information see the Government Guidance on Self-build and custom housebuilding.

Once you have submitted the application form and paid the appropriate fee, MVDC will contact you within 28 days to inform you whether your details have been included in the Self Build Register or whether any further clarification is required.

Data Protection: This data is sought by the Council in connection with the requirement to maintain a register under the provisions of the Self-Build Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 (made under the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015). It will be stored and processed on computers and used by relevant Council Departments for the purposes of its functions under the Act. Personal data will not be published or shared with bodies external to the Council, unless you give your consent.

Personal Details

MVDC reserves the right to request evidence in support of the local connection at a later date if required.

MVDC reserves the right to request evidence in support of finances available to you.

In which area of Mole Valley District are you seeking a plot:



Thank you for providing the above information.

When your application form is received, it will be checked to ensure that you meet the legal requirements for inclusion in the Self Build Register. You will be notified of the outcome within 28 days and we will contact you if we require any further information.

Please be aware that being on the Self Build Register does not amount to a guarantee that land will become available. Mole Valley is an area of significant development pressure. A very high proportion (about 75%) of the District is covered by important planning constraints such as the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The amount of available development land within the built up areas is very limited. At the same time there is, and will continue to be, a great deal of pressure on the Council to meet a wide range of housing needs through its planning, housing and other functions.

National Planning Policy recognises that Councils will not always be able to meet the totality of housing needs in very constrained areas. The extent to which the demand for self-build plots can be met, alongside other needs, will be a matter for the Local Plan. Information about the current timetable for preparing a new Local Plan can be found in the Local Development Scheme (see www.molevalley.gov.uk/localplans).