Self-Build Register

Self –Build housing

Self-build housing is where an individual (whether acting alone or with other individuals) commissions or is personally involved in the design and construction of a dwelling that is intended to be the individual’s main residence once it is built.

You can project manage your build with sub-contractors or use one contractor for a turnkey solution. This does not mean you have to do all the physical work yourself, it's your choice

Local Development Planning Guidance (Scottish Government, 2023) clarifies the sub-types of self build;

Self-build housing

Where a person builds their own house or appoints their own builder

Custom-build housing

Where a person tasks a house builder to tailor a home to their preferences before it is built

Collective self-build

Where a group get together to build their homes. This provides the opportunity for friends and people, to work together – sharing costs and building relationships as they build their houses.


An intentional, mutually-supportive community with shared communal space. It involves people coming together to build a neighbourhood that embodies particular values

Self-provided housing

includes self-build housing, custom-build housing and collective build housing


The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Section 16E) requires Local Planning Authorities to prepare and publish a list of people seeking land for self-build housing in their area.

Understanding the demand for self-provided housing is important for both the Council’s plan-making and decision-taking. This list of people with a registered interest in acquiring land in the Council’s area for self-build housing, will be monitored alongside broader housing market data and help to inform policies and proposals in the Local Development Plan.

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for self-build plots in East Lothian, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build. We will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available for you.

An online form is in preparation. It will be hosted here shortly. If you are interested in being registered on the Self-build list please check back soon, to fill this in. In line with data protection, your personal details (apart from your name) will be removed before the list is published or updated online.

The Self-build list will be publically available here. COMING SOON

To ensure the information is up to date, the list will be reviewed every 3 years, after which time the Council will contact you to check if you wish to remain on the list. Should you wish your details to be removed at any other point (i.e. you no longer require a self-build plot), please contact to request this.