Housing Adaptations

If you or someone living in your home is disabled or ill you may need your home adapted to meet your needs - whether you own it, rent privately, or are a council or housing association tenant

Adaptations can give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and where necessary can also provide essential facilities within it. Adaptations include providing ramp access, adding handrails, widening doors, raising electrical sockets, replacing a bath with a level access shower, or installing special equipment for people with hearing or visual difficulties.

These adaptations may be funded or partially funded by the council, depending on your circumstances. For further information about financial charges, please see our paying for care webpage

There is a specialist team that provides occupational therapy for children and young people.

How do I get help?

Firstly, you'll need to make an application for social care. You can do this using our:

Or you can contact the Access Point by: 

They will take details of the difficulties you are experiencing. Your needs will then be assessed by a disability professional, who will discuss the recommendations with you. If these include a housing adaptation, an Occupational Therapist (OT) from the Housing Adaptations team will contact you to arrange a visit. The OT will provide recommendations about the type of work required, discuss the design options with you and tell you what the next steps are.

Disabled facilities grant

If you own your own home, rent privately or are a housing association tenant in the city, you may be able to get help toward the cost of adapting your home with a disabled facilities grant. This is a means-tested grant administered by the housing adaptations team.

When you apply, we’ll need to be satisfied that the proposed work is necessary and appropriate to meet your needs. We also need to be satisfied that the work is reasonable and practicable, and its overall feasibility. You must intend to remain living in that home for at least five years following completion of any work.

You can find out about more about disabled facilities grants on gov.uk.

Our disabled facilities grant housing policy (PDF 445KB) means we can offer a wider range of help to older and disabled people focused around reducing the risk of falls and injury in the home, tackling fuel poverty and assisting hospital discharge. This assistance is in the form of a non-repayable grant, with a simple application process. The local Home Improvement Agency (Mears Home Improvement Services) delivers and co-ordinates the range of services provided.

For help with making an application, please download and fill in the DFG housing assistance referral form (MS Word 40KB). Once complete, you can either email it to the Mears Improvement Agency at mhi.brighton@mearsgroup.co.uk or print and post it to them at Mears Home Improvement Limited, 2nd Floor, 19 North Street, Portslade, BN41 1DH.

If you have a general enquiry about a housing adaptation, please contact:

Find out more

For more information about getting your home adapted, read our guides or go to the one of the web pages below: