New Regulations published under Building Safety Act

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published a suite of secondary legislation under the Building Safety Act 2022.

The following Regulations have been published and will come into force on 1 October 2023:

  • 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 DLUHC has also published:

  • 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, wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings and the details of the new in-occupation safety regime for higher-risk buildings.

The regulations can be found here

Alongside the regulations, the 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 below:

Consultation on the new safety regime for occupied higher-risk buildings

Consultation on implementing the new building control regime for higher-risk buildings and wider changes to the building regulations for all buildings

Changes to the building control profession and the building control process for approved inspectors

These 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 under the new Building Safety Regulator.

The Regulations also introduce the new in occupation regime 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.

The next sets of regulations related to the new regime will be laid shortly. The Higher-Risk Buildings (Keeping and Provision of Information etc.) (England) Regulations and the Charges Regulations are due to be laid next month.

The former regulations will cover the information that accountable persons for occupied higher-risk buildings need to keep as golden thread information and what information 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.

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