Vacant Homes

Vacant Homes

South Dublin County Council want to raise awareness around the issue of vacant homes and to seek the public’s help in addressing this matter. If you are aware of an empty/vacant home in the South Dublin County Councils area, please tell us and efforts will be made to if possible bring this property back into use. This will also help towards meeting Ireland’s housing need in an environmentally sustainable manner.


Register a vacant home at www.vacanthomes.ie

Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant


What the Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant is

The Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant is a payment you can get if you are turning a vacant house or building into your principal private residence.

A grant of up to €30,000 is available.

How to qualify

To qualify for the grant, you must:

  1. have proof of ownership or evidence of active negotiations to buy the property (that is, confirmation of engagement from the estate agent or owner of the property) where you are seeking approval in principle for a grant
  2. live in the property as your principal private residence. This grant is not available to developers/undertakings or applicants who want to rent out the property
  3. have proof that the property has been vacant for at least 2 years and that it was built before 1993
  4. fall under one of the categories outlined in the Framework of Priorities listed below:
    • Applicants who are First Time Buyers or who qualify under the ‘Fresh Start’ principal.  The Fresh Start principle includes previous homeowners who have experienced divorce or separation, or insolvency or bankruptcy, and who no longer have a legal interest in the previous home.
    • Applicants (other than 1 above) who have particular needs – specifically, disabled people or older people who are moving from their current home which they are selling or have sold and want to refurbish and live in a vacant property.
    • Applicants (other than 1 & 2 above) who are moving from their current home which they are selling or have sold and want to refurbish and live in a vacant property.


How to know if the property is eligible for the scheme

Following a recent expansion of the grant, it now applies to qualifying vacant properties in cities, towns, villages and rural parts of the country.

Rates of payment
Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant

A grant of up to €30,000 is available. This is subject to upper limits for different types of work, having regard to a reasonable cost assessment by the local authority. The grant is inclusive of the VAT cost of the works.

Derelict Property Top-up Grant

If the refurbishment costs exceed the standard grant of up to €30,000, a top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 is available. To get this top-up grant, you must confirm that the property is derelict. This means that the property is structurally unsound and dangerous. The total grant available for a derelict property is therefore €50,000.

You must submit an independent report prepared by a qualified professional, along with the application confirming that the property is derelict.


Local authorities administer the Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant. Local authorities will prioritise applications in areas where the level of vacancy or dereliction is high.

To apply for the grant, complete the application form at the bottom of this page and submit it to South Dublin County Council at vhu@sdublincoco.ie .

You can also contact Keith Purdy or Isabel Collins as the Vacant Homes Officers for South Dublin County Council. They will be able to assist you with any queries you may have on 01 4149265.