Building your own property

Acquiring a site and building a house

Local knowledge is a considerable asset in finding and purchasing suitable sites on which to build.

Sites or building plots are advertised in:

Some sites will:

  • have outline planning consent for housing
  • be serviced with water, electricity and gas
  • have neither planning consent nor services


Do not purchase a site until, at the very least, outline planning consent for housing has been granted.


Taking the next steps and getting good professional advice

Anyone wanting to build a house has to overcome a number of official hurdles before they are able to proceed to the bricks and mortar building stage.


Planning regulations and procedures

You should seek professional advice about planning regulations and procedures before a potential house site has been identified, or as soon as possible afterwards.

Planning officials are more than happy to help anyone who is thinking of building a house. They can give advice on the requirements of the planning system and on other aspects of the building process. They have a lot of useful experience and would far rather share it as early as possible to help the potential house builder to avoid some of the pitfalls and delays that can arise from ignorance of what is needed to get planning consent.

We recommend you contact your local planning office to arrange an appointment, to make sure that a planning official is available to deal with your enquiry.

Our planning officials can:

  • explain our policies on the siting, design and location of any new house to be built in its area
  • advise on the requirements for drainage from the house site, road access and water supplies
  • assist with and advise on preparing applications for outline and / or full planning permission and for a building warrant.


Legal advice

You should seek good legal advice from a qualified solicitor as early as possible. Particularly if you have not yet got the legal title to the house site.

The Aberdeen Solicitors’ Property Centre has a list of solicitors in the Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City areas.


Designing and building your house

Both the your local Planning office and local solicitors can give you names and addresses of architects and building contractors. Yellow Pages also has names of the manufacturers and suppliers of kit houses.

Some building contractors and all kit suppliers also provide a choice of house designs which, if suitable, may avoid or reduce the need to employ an architect.

On the other hand, an experienced architect can also greatly reduce the amount of time and effort you spend overcoming some or all of the hurdles involved in building a new house.

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