Legal Registration Service

The process of establishing a housing association as a legal entity can appear daunting in isolation and so the ICSH provides a legal registration service for new organisations to guide them through this process. The Legal Registration Service costs €600 and includes the following:

  • Supply of Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Legal incorporation of company
  • Assistance with applications for charitable and approved status
  • Provision of a company seal
  • 1st year membership of the ICSH
  • General guidance on housing development
  • Information on governance issues

The first step in this process is for a prospective housing association to meet with an ICSH development officer. This is an important step in ascertaining whether an organisation is viable in terms of its structure and whether it offers added value in the provision of social housing.

The Memorandum and Articles of Association that the ICSH use are standard documents that have been specially worded for housing associations to meet the requirements of the Companies Acts for registration of the voluntary association as a "company formed by guarantee of the members and not having a shareholding". The Memorandum and Articles also meet the requirements of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government for applications for approved status and of the Revenue Commissioners for applying for charitable recognition.

ICSH members and organisations availing of the legal registration service will also be kept advised on updates to relevant legislation and and the ways in which their housing associations will be affected.

For further information of the ICSH legal registration service, please contact Catherine McGillycuddy at