Self Build on Exmoor

Register Your Interest in Self Build

To be eligible to be included on the Exmoor National Park self-build register you must be:

  • Aged 18 or older;
  • A British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land on which to build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence

For individual entries on the register, the name and address of the individual on the register must be recorded.  For entries on the register for associations of individuals, similar information is required including the number of serviced plots members are seeking to acquire.

It is important that information on the first page of the form is completed to ensure that individuals can be added to the register.

To complete the form the following information will also be beneficial:

  • The maximum budget for your finished home
  • Your household's annual income
  • Information regarding your local connection to the parish you wish to build
  • If applicable: your Somerset Home Finder or Devon Home Choice band and reference number
  • Information regarding your savings, assets and investments

Any eligible person can be included on the register, however our Local Plan policies focus on providing affordable housing for those people with a local connection. There are a number of questions on the form regarding your local connection, this allows us to better understand our local need and therefore enables us to plan for it. Importantly, once looking at a specific site or house, you may need to demonstrate a link to the specific parish where that plot or house is, or an adjoining parish. This is because we look to meet the needs of a community within that community.

Exmoor National Park Self Build Register form (PDF 136KB)

Completed forms can be sent electronically to or posted to: Self Build Register, Policy & Community Team, Exmoor National Park Authority, Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9HL

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Register?
You can apply by completing the self build register form and sending it to us. Please note the above information which will help you complete the form.

Can I appeal if I'm not considered not eligible for the Register?
Judgements on eligibility to join the register must be based on the information provided, and considered against the definition above. However if you do feel you have been assessed incorrectly, please contact ENPA.

What happens once I'm on the Register?
ENPA will be able to consider the number and type of households on the Register as evidence around the interest in self-build.

How do I remove myself from the register?
We will remove an entry from the register within 28 days of receiving a written request from the individual or association representing that individual. We will remove an entry from the register if we consider that they are no longer eligible for entry on the register and will notify them in writing.

What is affordable self-build?
Self-build can be a good way to provide your own affordable home through involvement in its construction, and not having to factor in developer profit - which helps to save money, making it potentially more achievable for households who would otherwise be unable to buy their own home in the National Park.  In the long term a legal agreement will be used to ensure that it is occupied by those who:

  • are in need of affordable housing
  • are unable to afford to buy housing suitable for their needs on the open market prices, and
  • have an appropriate local connection to the area.

This approach is set out in our Local Plan.

Data protection
The data you provide will be used by Exmoor National Park Authority to compile the self build register, as required by the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. No data will be published which can identify an individual. All data will be stored securely and in accordance to current data legislation (GDPR and DPA 2018). Exmoor National Park Authority is registered with the ICO as a data controller. The purpose of collecting this data is to enable an assessment of ability to undertake a self-build project and to identify potential self-build opportunities and it will not be used for any other purpose. We will never use your data for marketing purposes. Our full Privacy Policy can be found on our website.