Boiler Replacement Allowance

The Boiler Replacement Allowance scheme is for owner-occupiers whose total income is less than £40,000. It is intended to help with the cost of replacing boilers which are 15 years or older with new boilers.

The allowance does not apply to Economy 7 heating, stoves used exclusively for cooking, back boilers or room heaters.  It is not available to tenants in either the public or private rented sector. You can convert from an oil fired boiler to a gas or wood pellet fired boiler. The allowance is only available for the house in which you live.

How much is the Boiler Replacement Allowance?

The amount you may receive depends on your total income. If you earn less than £20,000 you could receive £700 for replacing your boiler. This may rise to £1,000 if controls are also being installed.

If you earn £20,000 or more, but less than £40,000, the grant is £400 for replacing your boiler. This may rise to £500 if time and temperature controls are fitted. You must obtain a Building Control application. This will require you to pay a fee. The fee is not an additional payment to the grant.

How we work out your income?

Your total income will include all earnings from your job (including self employment), and any income you receive from benefits, pensions or any other source. Income from all owner occupiers and their partners will be taken into account.

The type of boiler you can install

You must install a new high efficiency ‘A’ rated condensing type boiler.
We recommended that you use a registered boiler installer. You are free to use an installer of your choice. You must arrange for gas installations to be carried out by a Gas Safe Engineer. You cannot replace a boiler until the Housing Executive has checked the existing boiler and has issued an approval to the householder.

We will not approve a grant payment for works that have been completed without our prior approval.

Are you eligible (Northern Ireland only)?

If you think you are eligible call now on 03448 920900. You can also register by email at

You must include your name, full postal address, local council area and contact telephone number in the email. 

You can also contact us online (Northern Ireland only)

Step by step guide to the application process

Step 1
Contact your local Grants Office to get an application and installer form.

Step 2
You should seek the advice of an installer about the type of new boiler and controls that best suits your needs and request they complete the Boiler Installer Form. When we receive your application form, we will determine your eligibility

Step 3
We may inspect your existing boiler prior to issuing an approval. If your boiler is eligible, we will issue an approval to install a new boiler. We will also let you know the amount of allowance you will receive.

Step 4
When the work has been completed, you or your installer should submit the following documents:

  • Notification of Completion of Works form
  • Building Control Completion Certificate
  • Installer’s detailed invoice showing the name of the scheme and details of works carried out
  • BACS form (this is the instruction to pay the allowance into a bank account)
  • Planning Approval (if required)

Step 5
We may inspect the work following which payment will be issued.

Further information

For more information contact your local grants office on 03448 920 900, or at the locations below:

For council areas:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey

  • Mid and East Antrim

  • Causeway Coast and Glens

Contact details:
Twickenham House,
Mount Street,
BT43 6PB

For council areas:

  • Belfast City Council

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh

  • Ards and North Down

Contact details:
Housing Centre,
2 Adelaide Street,
Belfast BT2 8PB

For council areas:

  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

  • Newry, Mourne and Down

Contact details:
35-45 Boat Street,
BT34 2DB

For council areas:

  • Mid Ulster

  • Fermanagh and Omagh

Contact details:
McAllister House,
Woodside Avenue,
BT79 7BP.

For council areas:

  • Derry and Strabane

Contact details:
Richmond Chambers,
The Diamond,
Derry / Londonderry,
BT48 6QP.

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