The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published the following Regulations under the Building Safety Act 2022:
- The Building Regulations etc. (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2023;
- The Building Regulations (Higher-Risk Building Procedures) (England) 2023;
- The Building (Approved Inspectors etc. And Review of Decisions) (England) Regulations 2023;
- The Higher-Risk Buildings (Management of Safety Risks etc) (England) Regulations 2023; and
- The Building Safety Act 2022 (Consequential Amendments etc.) Regulations 2023
The Regulations deliver the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt in her report Building A Safer Future and cover the technical detail underpinning the new, more stringent regime for the design and construction of higher-risk buildings (HRBs), wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings and the details of the new in-occupation safety regime for HRBs. The regulations can be found here: The Building Safety Act: secondary legislation – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
DLUHC has also published the responses to the consultations on them which were held last summer. The Government response to the consultations can be found here:
These Regulations will fundamentally reform the way buildings are designed, built and managed to ensure safety of those who live in them. The Regulations introduce significant reform to building control for all buildings and a new bespoke approach to building control for blocks of flats, hospitals and care homes of 18m or more or seven stories or more (HRBs) under the new Building Safety Regulator.
The Regulations also introduce the new in occupation regime for HRBs where dutyholders must demonstrate they are proactively engaging with residents on building safety and demonstrate to the building safety regulator that they are managing the building safety risks in their building, fire spread and structural collapse, appropriately.
Further draft regulations related to the new regime will be laid shortly – The Higher-Risk Buildings (Keeping and Provision of Information etc) (England) Regulations and the Building Safety (Regulator’s Charges) Regulations. The former will cover the information that accountable persons for occupied higher-risk buildings need to keep as the golden thread and what details they need to share with residents and other people who are involved in ensuring the safety of the building. The latter will set out the approach to charging by the Building Safety Regulator to recover the costs incurred in the fulfilment of its relevant statutory functions for the new regime.
To help navigate the legislation and support the new building control approval process for HRBs, the BSR has developed some new guidance which can be found here.
The Building Safety Act 2022 aims to strengthen the regulatory oversight and protections in higher risk buildings throughout their lifecycle (i.e., planning, design, construction and occupation phases) as well as the safety performance of buildings generally and competence among the building sector professions.
With the publication of these latest regulations under the Building Safety Act and consultation responses from the Government, the whole built environment sector must step up, engage and demonstrate leadership to deliver safe & high quality buildings for those who live and work in them. These changes are going to be in place from 1 October 2023, so the time to act is now.
Karl Whiteman, CLC Industry Sponsor for Building Safety, said:
“The CLC welcomes the publication of these regulations as they start to give the industry much needed clarity on what is required. We must all understand, prepare and implement the steps that are needed to make change happen.
We all have a part to play in delivering buildings that are safe.
The CLC will continue to work with key stakeholders to understand requirements, provide information and update the industry over the forthcoming months.”