What we are doing to prepare for the new building safety framework

HSE is:

  • creating the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR)
  • working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to implement the legislation
  • consulting with industry bodies and other regulators
  • building the processes that BSR will work to

We are a statutory consultee for planning applications for some types of building development.

Setting up the new regulator

We have a comprehensive programme of work to set up the new regulator. We expect that services will be operational to this timetable:

April 2023

  • Registration for existing occupied High-rise Residential Buildings (HRB) opens

October 2023

  • Registration deadline for existing occupied buildings. From now on all new buildings must be registered before being occupied.
  • Building inspector and building control approver registers open
  • BSR becomes the new building control authority for High-rise Residential Buildings
  • From 1st October 2023 developers must apply to BSR for building control approval before commencing work on any HRB

April 2024

  • BSR starts to call in buildings for assessment and issue Building Assessment Certificates
  • Requirements related to registration for building inspectors and building control approvers become enforceable.

Setting up governance committees

Industry Competence Committee

The Industry Competence Committee will monitor and help to improve industry competence. It will publish guidance and advise industry and BSR on industry competence.

Building Advisory Committee

The Building Advisory Committee will:

  • advise BSR on matters relating to its building functions
  • help BSR meet its duty to keep the safety and standards all of buildings under review
  • provide leadership to the industry and drive change

Working with other regulators

Joint Regulators' Group

The Joint Regulators' Group (JRG) has been established to:

  • help develop and pilot new approaches to regulation
  • assist with the transition to a new regulatory framework

As well as HSE, the group includes senior representatives from:

  • Local Government Association
  • Local Authority Building Control
  • National Fire Chiefs Council

Building control

The Building Safety Act will help to ensure consistency across the building control profession and drive-up standards. The Act will apply to Building Control Bodies (BCBs) in:

  • local authorities
  • registered building control approvers

Working with residents

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Updated 2023-03-31