Guidance on the criteria for being a Higher-Risk Building

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have published two sets of guidance:

  • Criteria for determining whether an existing building is a higher-risk building during building work; and
  • Criteria for determining whether a new building that is being designed and constructed is a higher-risk building.


Both sets of guidance relate to the legal criteria for determining whether a building is considered a higher-risk building and aim to help potential dutyholders and accountable persons identify whether they are responsible for a building in scope of the higher-risk regime.


In addition, DLUHC have made some updates to the already published in occupation guidance. Key changes include:

  • Minor adjustments in language to make the guidance clearer, particularly regarding how to count storeys and how to consider lightwell areas;
  • Clarification has been made that other methods or guidance cannot be used when assessing whether your occupied building is a higher-risk building; and
  • Diagrams 9 and 12 have been updated.


All 3 guidance documents can be found here.

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