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As part of the self-build process, it will be necessary to use several resources, from selecting the land to making sure that you are complying with the correct regulations. Becoming knowledgeable about all aspects of the build will allow you to make the correct decisions, quickly.

Finding Land
Selecting a plot of land is one of the first and most important tasks that you will need to undertake. Here are some online databases and resources that will help you find that perfect building plot:

www.buildstore.co.uk : an online database that covers all areas of the UK, including some plots with full planning permission already granted.

www.uklandsearch.com : a service that requires you to become a member but also offers full plot reports dealing with issues such as access and planning possibilities.

www.selfbuildit.co.uk : details of land agents and estate agents that offer plots of land for sale, listed by region.

Regulatory Issues
Making sure that you comply with the appropriate regulations is vital for the self-build process. Take time to gather all the relevant information to make sure that you do not fall foul of the multiple requirements.

www.planningni.gov.uk : central governmental website that covers all issues relating to obtaining planning permission and the various different regulations that must be complied with.

www.doeni.gov.uk : Government environmental department that deals with wider building and planning issues.

Sourcing Professionals
Having selected your plot, you will be looking for the correct set of professionals to ensure that your project runs smoothly.

www.builders.org.uk: The National Federation of Builders offers a searchable database of accredited build professionals for all types of projects.

www.ribafind.org : The Royal Institute of British Architects offers a searchable database of registered architects to help plan your new build property.

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