Self build help and advice  

Register with the Self Build Portal to access this series of helpful guides to every stage of a custom and self build project. Find help and advice below or visit our Members Directory for companies that can help you build your dream home.

The Right to Build

The Right to Build gives everyone in England the right to sign up to their local Self Build Registers, which all English councils must host. Sign up via the Right to Build Portal, where you can find out more abou the the Right to Build registers.

Letter of support

If you are looking for support for a planning application use this Letter of Support from Richard Bacon MP to press your point. He’s a self build champion and Chair of the APPG for Self-Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking. 

Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

The case for Self, Custom Build and community-led housing differs in each country, due to devolved Government processes. Currently, only England has the Right to Build legislation that places a duty on local authorities.

Routes to Building 

There’s a host of routes to building your home, depending on whether you’re Self-building, Custom Building or working as part of a group, each with subtle but important differences. 

Building Methods

Discover the range of building methods, including Brick and Block, Timber-Frame and a host of ways to construct your building.

Finance & Fees

What are the mortgage and finance routes available to finance your build. And what are the options if you’re building as part of a group? 


Find out how to claim VAT exemption for their own project. Plus discover the land duty for England, Wales and Scotland with regards to plots and Golden Brick

CIL & S106

CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) and S106 (Section 106 agreements) are crucial aspects that self-builders must be aware of.


What sustainability and eco measures should you be considering? And at what point should you be thinking about them?

The cost of building

Budgeting for your build is crucial to ensure you are building within your means. Crucial to this is estimating your costs accurately from the start.

Finding Land

What are the options for your search for land – from websites that can help you to more subtle routes to finding land locally.

Health & Safety

As a Self-builder you need to be responsible about the safety and security of people on your site and where the responsibility lies.


What should you be aware of about planning your build and scheduling works? It’s a crucial element of every self build.

Project management

Many people take on the management of their build, but it is an involved and time consuming job.

Top Tips

Pick up some top tips from experts on getting the most out of your build.


Everyone coming into Self-build for the first time will have questions – check here for answers to the most common questions.

Magazine subscriptions

Need more help and advice? Don’t miss these great subscription offers for Self Build Portal users. 

Useful Links

NaCSBA and the Self Build Portal are here to help you with your project, but here’s a bit more advice from other sources.

Find a NaCSBA member for your project

NaCSBA Corporate Gold Members

NaCSBA Regular Members