Information for Developers

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Developers and 'Social & Affordable Housing'

If you are building a new housing/residential scheme within Dublin City, you must make provision for social and affordable housing. There are several ways in which you can do this. We recommend that you meet with us in order to discuss your options.

Note: Rules for social and affordable housing arise in Part V (part 5) of the Planning and Development Acts, 2000-2002. Find out about this Act and what it means for you below.

Meet us to discuss your options

To arrange a meeting, contact us at the address below

At this meeting we will:

  • Explain your obligations.
  • Provide guidance on how these obligations can be met.
  • Identify the documentation that you need to provide us with.

Note: These meetings are normally held on Wednesday of each week.

Submit your proposal to us

Following the meeting, you can then prepare a proposal about how you intend to comply with your obligations.

When your proposal is received we will issue you with a letter. This letter must then be submitted to Dublin City Council's Planning Department along with your planning application.

The letter notifies the Planning Department that your social and affordable housing obligations are being addressed and that your application can be validated in this regard.

Planning and Development Acts 2000-2002

Part V (part 5) of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2002 allows Dublin City Council to ensure developers set aside up to 20% of a new development (of 5 or more homes) for social and affordable housing.

There are several ways in which this obligation can be met: 

  1. Transfer a portion of the site that is being developed to us.
  2. Transfer completed homes to us.
  3. Transfer of fully or partially serviced sites on the site to us.
  4. Transfer land at another location to us.
  5. Transfer of completed homes at another location to us.
  6. Transfer serviced sites at another location to us.
  7. Pay us a sum of money instead of transferring a physical asset.

The way in which you meet your obligations can be agreed with us at the meeting described above.

For more information

Dublin City Council
Affordable Housing
Block 1, Floor 3
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 2059
Fax: (01) 222 2486

Email: affordablehousing.unit@dublincity.ie