To make it possible for people from all backgrounds to benefit individually and collectively from being a member of a self build housing group.

To allow people to aquire a range of skills and experience during the planning, design and building of their own homes.

To open up opportunities for those with limited income or the unemployed to participate.


Community self build is about a group of local people in housing need, building their own homes and gaining much more besides. As the concept of community self build becomes more widely known, it is more likely that projects will be initiated by potential self builders, rather than other organizations. Some projects have already been initiated by groups of individuals. Those without building skills, participate on the basis that they are prepared to make the necessary time commitment and be prepared to learn new skills.


This involves a group of individuals coming together and forming themselves into either a self-build housing association or a housing co-op. Where a project incorporates National Vocational Qualification training and the self builders have the status of trainees, a different legal arrangement may be proposed.

  • News 04.06.20

    Alabaré Community Self Build Agency

    In May 2019, Community Self Build Agency became part of the charity Alabaré (Reg. No. 1006504). From this date, Self-Build projects will operate under the name Alabaré Community Self Build Agency. More information about these projects can be...

  • News 13.05.19

    Two Bristol charities in chase for £5,000

    Two Bristol-based housing organisations have called on the city’s residents to back them in their attempts to win top prize in a nationwide competition – and with it £5,000. Community Self Build Agency and Ashley Vale Action...

  • News 01.03.18

    The Community Self Build Agency partners with Plymouth City Council on new veteran self-build scheme

    The Community Self Build Agency has once again partnered with  Plymouth City Council  on a new veteran self-build scheme, following the successful completion of the award-winning  Nelson Project . The council has selected a site reserved for...