Apply to join the housing register

Apply online to join the waiting list for council housing in Brighton & Hove

Who can apply

You can apply to join the housing register if you:

  • are aged 18 years or over
  • have a need for housing
  • have lived in the city for 5 years or longer

You can find full information on who can apply in our allocations policy (PDF 636KB)

We work with housing associations across the city to make a combined housing register, so you only need to make one application.

How to apply

You can apply to join the housing register online.

When you've joined the register, we have a choice-based lettings service called Homemove, which gives you the chance to bid for council and housing association properties in the city.

If you can't apply online, you can email us at and ask for a paper form.

Priority bands

We'll review your application and give you a priority band based on your housing need. 

For example, you're likely to be offered council housing first if you:

  • are homeless
  • live in cramped conditions
  • have a medical condition made worse by your current home

If you disagree with your priority band, you can ask us to review our decision.

We'll contact you about an available property when you're high enough on the waiting list.