Advice and resources
Get useful information and links to other organisation who could help you.
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
Many new developments are liable for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), although some self build projects are exempt.
If you are eligible for CIL relief, you need to claim it before you start work on site.
Self Build Portal
The Self Build Portal gives information and advice about:
- finding a plot
- sources of finance
- routes to self build
- construction methods
- case studies
Home Build Fund
The government's Home Building Fund provides loans to people planning to custom build on serviced plots.
Eastern Community Homes
We have formed a partnership with Eastern Community Homes.
They provide tools and support for groups interested in affordable community-led housing. This can include Community Land Trusts, cooperatives, co-housing schemes, self-help housing, group self-build, or almshouses.
They provide advice from the initial idea or vision, right through to delivery. They help groups to access a network of technical advisors and housing associations.
BuildStore provides information about self building, renovation and conversion products and services.
National Community Land Trust Network
The National Community Land Trust Network provides advice and support for newly-formed groups.
The Self Build Guide
The Self Build Guide provides information about land, house design, finance and resources.
UK Cohousing provides information about cohousing, where people live privately but come together as a community to share activities like cooking, childcare and gardening.
Professional organisations publish lists of their members, who may be able to help your project. You can look at: