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Dublin City Council provides accommodation to people whose need for accommodation has been established.

How to Apply For Council Housing

Housing Allocations Section deals with the provision of housing to people who have been assessed under the Council’s Allocation Scheme and are deemed eligible for social housing support.  Eligible applicants are placed on the Council’s Housing List in order of date of application.
In order to apply you must complete the following form and return it with the correct supporting documentation to us at the address below.

Download the Housing Application form and Housing HPL1 form

Download the Medical Priority Form

Download the Irish version of the Housing Application form and  Housing HPL1 form

Or contact us at the address below to request a copy.

Am I eligible for Council Housing?

Criteria for eligibility for Council housing are included in the Council's Allocation Scheme. 
Download and read the Housing Allocations Scheme 2013

Download and read the Guidelines on letting Dublin City Council properties
Eligibility criteria include:

  • Need- You must be in genuine need of housing and be unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
  • Right to live in Ireland- You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis
  • Age- You must be 18 years of age or older
  • Income- your net income must be below the thresholds below:-


Single Adult
2 Adults
No Children
1 Adult
1 Child
1 Adult
2 Children
2 Adults
1 Child
2 Adults 
2 Children
2 adults
3 children
2 adults   
4 or more children
3 adults     
4 or more children


Housing Areas

You may apply to one Local Authority only. If you are applying to Dublin City Council you can choose up to three housing areas in the Dublin region, at least one of which must be in Dublin City Council.

Your other two areas may be in South Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County or Fingal County. If you opt for an area in any other county, we will forward your information to the housing authorities chosen. Changes of areas of choice may be made once in any twelve month period.

How long will it take before I get offered housing?

Unfortunately this cannot be determined.  There is a long list of applicants awaiting social housing support and applicants are housed in order of date of application i.e. the next applicant on the list gets the next available and appropriate social housing support.

What happens if I refuse an offer of housing?

Should you refuse two offers of housing within a twelve month period your application will be suspended for twelve months. Your application will be re-activated after this period however this suspension will not count as time on the housing list.  You will not be on the Council’s Housing List for the suspension period and will not have access to Choice Based Letting or eligible for any social housing support. Your entitlement to Supplementary Rent Allowance may also be affected.

For more information

Dublin City Council
Allocations and Transfers Section
Block 2,
Ground Floor
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8.

Public Office hours:

10.00am – 3.00pm, Monday to Friday

Tel: (01) 222 2203
Fax: (01) 222 2030