The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) is conducting a VAT survey in order to ascertain the number of people who are self building in the UK each year. 

It is looking to compile retrospective data on the number of VAT exemptions, which it will then combine with other statistics, such as the number of single dwellings created per year to help estimate the number of self build projects that have been completed in recent years.

Moving forwards, this information can be gathered from a new question on the 1APP form that needs to be submitted when applying for planning permission, but for self builds completed pre-2019, the data needs to be gathered retrospectively.

This information will be used to help inform the Association’s work while it campaigns for change and lobbies governments across the UK to create more opportunities in the sector.

If you have built or commissioned your own home or converted a building into a home, then please take part in this anonymous survey to help make a difference to the work the Association does on behalf of self builders.

Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO, National Custom and Self Build Association, said, “This VAT Survey is critical, as knowing the size of the sector empowers us when having high-level discussions with government and industry about the needs of the market and its potential. We’re actively working to create more opportunities for more people to access a consumer-commissioned home that suits their lives, creating greater housing choice.”

You can complete the survey here.

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