Building your own home

Self-build and custom build housing is where a person commissions or is personally involved in the design and construction of a dwelling intended to be their main residence.

Self-building can take a lot more time and work than just buying a new home. However, it has some advantages, such as:

  • You get more choice over the way your home looks
  • You can plan your home's features to suit your own needs
  • It can cost less to buy a plot of land and build a house than to buy a similar house that already exists

View the self-build housing guide (PDF 1.26MB) to find out more. 

Self-build register

The Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (Section 16E) requires planning authorities to prepare and maintain a list of people interested in acquiring land in the authority’s area for self-build housing. By registering your interest you will help us find out more about the demand for self-build across Aberdeenshire. We will use this information to inform future planning policy and guidance.

Please note that completing and submitting the self-build register doesn't guarantee that you would be allocated a plot or get planning permission.

View the self-build register privacy notice (PDF 132KB).

Register your interest in self-building