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How to Apply For Council Housing
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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 and progress on a ‘Time on List’ basis.  Social Housing support means Council owned, RAS, Leased and Voluntary Housing Association dwellings.

A fully completed application form and relevant documentation (see below) must be submitted. Your application will be assessed and it may be necessary for an appointment to be made for an interview with housing staff.

There are 4,524 households on our social housing waiting list (2018). In 2017, the figure was 4,749 and in 2016 it was was 4,981.



Criteria for eligibility for Council housing are included in the Council's Allocation Scheme. 

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: €35,000
  • 2 Adults No Children: €36,750
  • 1 Adult & 1 Child: €35,875
  • 1 Adult & 2 Children: €36,750
  • 2 Adults & 1 Child: €37,625
  • 2 Adults & 2 Children: €38,500
  • 2 Adults & 3 Children: €39,375
  • 2 Adults & 4 or more Children: €40,250
  • 3 Adults & 4 or more Children: €42,000

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

Your other two areas may be in Dublin City, South Dublin County or Fingal County. If you opt for an area in any other county, we will forward your information to the housing authorities chosen. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will manage your application.  Changes of areas of choice may be made once in any twelve month period by completing Area Of Choice Form.

Unfortunately this cannot be determined.  

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 .