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What is Banding ?

The Council uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications. Your Banding tells us about your current housing situation. You will be able to see which Band you are form the letter that you will receive once registered.

Please note: (HN) means Housing Need. The law says that we must take account of these when prioritising applicants. Where there is no HN shown, this means that North Somerset have decided that it wants to make these a priority but they are not subject to national legislation.

 Band  Criteria
Band A

Approved Homeless and living in temporary accommodation for 3 months or more (HN)

Lacking three or more bedrooms (HN)

Urgent medical need (HN)

Urgent welfare need (HN)

Under-occupation by two more more bedrooms

Care leavers

Foster carers

Requiring adaptations

Band B

Approved Homeless (HN)

Homelessness Prevention (HN)

Lacking two bedrooms (HN)

Significant medical need (HN)

Rough Sleepers


Supported Housing move on

Residential Care move on

Serious disrepair

Band C

Former members of the Armed or Reserve Forces (HN)

Lacking one bedroom (HN)

Minor medical need (HN)

Sharing basic facilities with people who are not related (HN)

All other homeless cases (HN)

Mobility/Hardship (HN)

Employed applicants

Unable to Work (as defined as receiving ESA or Pension Credit)

Band D

Those whose circumstances do not appear in Bands A to C

For details of the definitions of each banding criteria, you can also download the full HomeChoice North Somerset Lettings Policy (PDF, 315k).