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News

RUSS granted planning for training Hub and Self Build housing

Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) has been awarded planning permission for its community-led housing custom build scheme....

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Task Force announces work with London Older Lesbian Cohousing

The Right to Build Task Force is advising London Older Lesbian Cohousing (LOLC), the Task Force's first official work with community-led housing group.

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Dover Community-led Housing, Custom and Self Build Conference

Dover City Council is running a Community-led Housing and Self Build conference on 28 June, bringing together local people wishing to create their own home through the Right to ....

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Check your Right to Build register status following GDPR

With GDPR now in effect, check with your local councils to ensure you've not been removed from your local Right to Build registers. 

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Be inspired with a visit to a show home

Get inspired with a visit to a dedicated show home for an insight into what can be achieved with Self Build, starting with the newly refitted Milchester by Potton, in Cambridges....

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Case Studies

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

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Planning for retirement with Potton

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Bakers Shaw

Bakers Shaw mixed build-method Passivhaus

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Beattie Passive house

Manx passive home

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Contemporary Timber Frame Home

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Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

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Steel Farm

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Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Hockerton

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VAT

VAT
  • Most selfbuilders are able to either pay no VAT or to reclaim much of the VAT that they pay for materials. HMRC has forms you can download for up-to-date information on VAT and selfbuild. Notice 431NB for newbuilds, 431C for conversions. There is also more information at this site.

But the rules are complex and not everyone can reclaim VAT.
  • If you are extending or renovating an existing house, you must pay VAT at 20%.
  • Creating a separate building or annexe doesn’t count as new build: VAT is 20%.
  • Building holiday lets or a building to rent counts as a business use and VAT is due at 20%.
  • Converting a non-domestic building into a home counts as new build: see notice 431C
  • There is an intermediate rate of VAT (5%) which applies to some works, for instance turning a house into flats, or flats into a house, or for work on a house unoccupied for more than two years. But the work cannot be done on a selfbuild basis — you have to employ a VAT registered contractor.
  • Listed buildings have some very complex VAT rules — refer to HMRC.

If you are eligible to reclaim VAT, then you have to keep very good records as you have to present your original VAT invoices at the end of the job. Generally, labour only and supply and fix invoices should be VAT free on new builds, but different rules apply on conversions.