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Housing allocations policy consultation

We have drafted a social housing allocations policy which:

  • aims to offer people seeking accommodation a choice about where they live
  • is fair and easy to use
  • offers solutions to those most in need while making the best use of the housing stock available

If you’re a tenant, resident or landlord living in the Dorset Council area, or you live outside of the area and want to move into social housing, you could be affected by these proposals and we would like to hear what you think.

Have your say

You can provide your views on the proposals by completing the survey. The survey closes on 20 July 2020.


As at 31 March 2019 there were 5,365 households waiting for an offer of social housing but from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, only 1,046 properties became available for letting.

The draft policy explains who can apply for social housing, the criteria used to prioritise and assess applications and how these properties are nominated.

We do not own social housing properties but we work with registered providers (also known as social landlords and housing associations) who do. Nominations to vacant social housing properties owned by these providers will be made in accordance with the policy.

Draft policy and supporting appendices

You can read the full draft policy along with supporting appendices before responding.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the consultation, need assistance or need the documents in a different format, please email

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