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Self-Build List

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.

The self-build list covers the following 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

Co-Housing - an intentional, mutually-supportive community with shared communal space

Self-provided housing - Includes self-build housing, custom-build housing and collective build housing.

Quality homes

We want to support the delivery of more high quality, affordable and sustainable homes in the right locations, providing choice across tenures that meet the diverse housing needs of people and communities. Good quality homes should be at the heart of great places and contribute to strengthening the health and wellbeing communities. We want to ensure the provision of land in the right locations to accommodate future need and demand for new homes, supported by the appropriate infrastructure.

How the list will be used

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-provided 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 Orkney highlighting where ideally people would like their plot to be located and also 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.

To ensure the information is up to date, the list will be updated on a regular basis (every 2 to 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 the Council to request this.

Publication of the list

Under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended the Council as the "planning authority are to publish the list in such manner as the authority consider appropriate (as for example by means of the internet".)

In line with data protection, your personal details (apart from your name) will be removed before the list is published or updated online.


Signing Up

Please contact the Development and Marine Planning team to express an interest in registering with the Self-Build List by emailing  You are also welcome to drop us an email if you have any questions in the first instance.  We will provide more detail on what information we need from you to complete registration. 

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