The Building Safety Bill is very wide-ranging and will have impacts for multiple stakeholders, from residents, homeowners, housing associations, developers and constructors, insurance companies, fire and emergency services, and local authorities.
The Bill received its first reading on 5 July 2021 and was introduced as a response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Dame Judith Hackitt’s report on Building Regulations & Fire Safety. It is the most fundamental reform of regulation across the construction and residential property sectors in many years.
The Bill creates a Building Safety Regulator, responsible for the regulation of all buildings, with new statutory roles for designers and contractors on all projects. The Bill also creates an entirely new and more rigorous regime for prescribed classes of buildings, with new planning and building control gateways, building safety managers, safety cases and a statutory golden thread of information, all linked to a formal certification of the building for fitness to occupy. The Bill will strengthen the whole building control system, with the new Regulator taking responsibility for professional standards for building control officers.
Everyone needs to understand that the Bill and new Regulator cover all buildings, not just ‘high rise residential'. It addresses how we design, build and renovate all our buildings in future. It introduces changes to the Building Act, Architects Act and Building Regulations that all stakeholders need to be aware of.
The Fire Safety Act 2021 was signed into law in April and will be subject to secondary legislation as it comes into force. This will also be addressed during this essential House Briefing.
Who should attend?
Construction companies, developers and building services providers
Local Government housing executives