Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme

18 April 17


The Government has announced a Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme. This is a voluntary targeted once-off humanitarian scheme for homeowners whose main/family home:

  1. had flood water enter and damage  the home during the major floods from 4 December 2015 to 13 January 2016 such that it was uninhabitable - these dates may be extended in turlough areas
  2. is at significant risk of similar damage from flooding again;
  3. cannot be protected by other possible flood protection or mitigation measures;
  4. cannot obtain flood insurance for the home.

Homeowners eligible under the scheme will be considered by OPW in a two stage process: 

Stage 1- Identification of properties for detailed assessment

The OPW and each of the Local Authorities have extensive detailed local knowledge in relation to the homes that flooded during the relevant period of 4 December 2015 and 13 January 2016 and will use this to identify properties to be considered against the eligibility criteria under Stage 1.

It is also open to homeowners that flooded during the relevant period to submit an Expression of Interest to the OPW, before 28th July 2017, seeking consideration at this stage.

This initial assessment, a desktop exercise, will consider the homes identified against the eligibility criteria, to determine those homes to be brought forward for a more detailed assessment.

Those homeowners that are to be considered under a more detailed assessment will be contacted by the OPW, or its representatives, for a meeting that will include providing the homeowner with further detailed information on the scheme. 

Stage 2- Detailed Assessment

Stage 2 will involve a more detailed assessment of those eligible homes from Stage 1. This assessment may involve a property survey and will consider such issues as the depth and duration and frequency of the floodwater in the home, the risk of future flooding, the location and structural integrity of the home as well as any planned or possible flood protection or mitigation measures.

Voluntary Homeowner Relocation will only be offered to those homes, that following assessment, are deemed by the OPW to be unsustainable due to their flood risk and for which there are no other known or possible alternative flood protection or mitigation measures. 

Further Details 

The Frequently Asked Questions below provide further information on the process of identification of homes, the eligibility criteria, and how homeowners who flooded in winter 2015/2016 can express an interest in being considered under the scheme.

Useful Documents

Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme 2017 FAQ

Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme 2017 Expression of Interest Form

How to contact the OPW about this Scheme

You can contact the OPW team in relation to this Scheme by: 

Email:     homerelocation@opw.ie                   

Telephone:     046 942 6470