Apply to housing register

Apply to the housing register

To apply to rent a Council property in Northampton you will need to join the Housing Register.

This is a list of people who qualify to live in a Council or Housing Association home in Northampton.

How to register

You will need to complete an online application form to join the Housing Register.

The form will ask you for information about your current housing situation. You will need to answer the questions as accurately as possible.

This will take around 5 minutes to complete.

If you do qualify to join the housing register you will have to provide supporting documentation. This can be done electronically and sent to

Are you eligible?

Before completing a housing application, you will need to answer a few initial questions to check you qualify.

You will be directed to the main application form if you do qualify.

Apply for Housing

We will assess your application according to Northampton Borough Council's Allocation Policy.

View answers for some of our most frequently asked questions.

Click on the sections below for other important information.


How long does it take for my application to be assessed?

Your housing application will usually take up to 28 days to process and assess once we have received it. New applications are currently taking around 6 weeks to process due to high demand.

A member of our Applications Team will contact you after your application has been assessed.

There is no need to contact us in this time, unless there is a change of circumstances that may affect your application. If there is a change, please email to let us know.

If you qualify - what happens next?

We will write to you with details of:

  • your housing registration number (HRN)
  • your band
  • your housing registration date
  • and the types of properties you can bid for.
How we allocate housing

Your application will be placed in a band, determining which properties you can bid on.

Read about the banding system and how we allocate housing.

The Housing Allocation Policy explained

The Housing Allocation Policy is used to assess your housing application.

Read about the key information in the Housing Allocation Policy.


Find out if your home is overcrowded according to the Government's Housing Act.


You can find out more about the types of properties we manage, the number of applicants on the housing register and how many properties are sold to Right To Buy on our housing statistics page.

This information is updated quarterly.

Medical Questionnaire

If you or anyone in your household has any medical need or issues, please complete the medical form below.  Please send with supporting evidence for assessment and consideration.

Medical Questionnaire