Apply for social housing

We provide social housing support for people who can’t provide a home for themselves. You can apply for a house in the Fingal area and if you meet the eligibility requirements you’ll be placed on the Housing Waiting List.

The demand for social housing is high and when you apply for housing you’ll be placed on a Waiting List. You can expect to wait at least 7 years before we can offer you a house (depending on your housing need). Find out if you’re eligible for social housing, how the allocation process works, and download an application form at the end of this page.Do I qualify for social housing?

The recent Ministerial Direction issued by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to the Dublin Local Authorities regarding the operation of the Allocation Scheme can be accessed below:

Ministerial Direction on the Allocation Schemes - Dublin

Do I Qualify For Social Housing?

To apply for housing with us you need to:
a)       live in the Fingal area or
b)       have a local connection to the Fingal area

What is a local connection?

You have a local connection if:
1) A member of the household has resided in the area (for a continuous 5 year period) at any time, or,

2) A member of the household is employed in the area or within 15 kilometres of the area, or,

3) A member of the household is in full-time education in any university, college, school or other educational establishment in the area, or,

4) A member of the household, who has enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment, is attending a related educational or medical establishment in the area, or,

5) A relative of any member of the household lives in the area and has lived here for a minimum of 2 years.

In very special circumstances we may accept an application from someone who doesn’t qualify by having a local connection or who doesn’t live in the area if you can show that your housing need can only be met by Fingal County Council.

Income Eligibility Level

For you to be eligible to apply for housing your income must fall within the income bands laid out below; 

If you are:          

Max Net Income Limit



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 


3 adults, 4 or more 


Legal Status in Ireland and Making a Housing Application

If you are a non EEA National you may qualify to make a housing application under one of the criteria listed here Legal Status in Ireland and Making a Housing Application

How do I apply?

You have to complete an  Application form for Social Housing Support and make sure you provide all the supporting documents that are needed. The best way to submit your application form is to call in person to the Blanchardstown Office where a housing officer will go over the form with you to make sure it is complete. If you send in a form which isn’t fully complete it will delay the processing of your application.

Documents you need to bring

When you visit the public counter to make your application, you will need have this list of documents  Documents Needed for Your Housing Application 2013 with you. Please bring the original documents, and copies of the documents. 

Please be aware that it can take up to 12 weeks to process your application. You will receive written notification to let you know whether or not you’ve been accepted onto the Council’s housing list.

Housing Allocations Scheme Document


Application form for Social Housing Support 
Documents Needed for Your Housing Application 2013 
Housing Allocations Scheme Document

Contact Us

By email : [email protected] 

By telephone : (01) 8905994 for North County or (01) 8905380 for Dublin 15

Or visit us at either of our housing counters;

Opening hours for our housing counter at County Hall, Swords
Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Opening hours for housing counter Civic Offices, Blanchardstown
Monday to Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm