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Custom and Self Build Housing

If you are interested in a custom build project you can declare your interest on our self build register.


Fenland District Council has a register for people who are seeking to buy a serviced plot of land in its administrative area for the purpose of building their own home. The register and eligibility is controlled by Government Legislation. 

To be eligible, an individual must be:

  • aged 18 or over;
  • a British citizen, a national of an EEA Stage other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland;
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority's area to build a house to occupy as that individual's sole or main residents.

Individuals must meet the local connection test to be entered onto 'Part 1' of the register. To meet the local connection test you will need to either:

  • currently live, or have lived, within the Fenland authority area for either 6 of the last 12 months or 3 of the last 5 years;
  • currently work within the Fenland authority area
  • have an immediate family member living within the Fenland authority area (immediate family means a parent, child, sibling or another family member if there is a particularly close relationship);
  • be in service of the regular or reserve armed forces of the Crown or have applied within 5 years of discharge, and would have met any of the above at the date of commencing service.

A registration fee must be paid to the Council to be entered onto the register. You can apply at any time. 

Apply to be on the Custom and Self Build Register

Benefits of being on 'Part 1' of the register

Part 1 of the register lists people and organisations who meet all of the eligibility criteria and local connection test. There is no direct benefit to being on Part 1 of the register for individuals and associations. However, the Council has a duty to facilitate the provision of enough service plots of land to meet the demand for the number of applicants on Part 1 of their register within a 3 year period. 

Part 2 of the register lists people and organisations who meet all of the eligibility criteria, but not the local connection test.

Registration on either Part 1 or 2 of the register does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available. 


    From 1 October 2017, new applicants must pay an initial registration fee of £30. Each member must pay the £30 fee in an association. 

    Individuals and associations already on the register prior to 1 June 2017 will remain registered without needing to pay the registration fee.

    Payment is collected on our registration form.

    New applications to the register can be made anytime during the year. However, all applicants before 1 June each year will need to re-register and pay a further registration fee by 30 October each year to remain on the register. This is regardless of when they last registered. 

    Staying on the register

    You will need to submit an updated registration form and the annual fee of £30 every year by 30 October to remain on the register. Registration reminders are sent out in September. If you do not re-register you will not feature on the list (but you can re-register again at anytime). 

    How information is used from the register

    The register is used to help us understand local demand for custom build plots and house sizes. It is not a public document.

    We will not pass identifiable information from the register on to anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details.