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Government publishes the Building Safety Bill

5th July 2021

The government has today published the Building Safety Bill. The highly anticipated bill outlines significant changes to building safety regulation, and sets out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained.

The Building Safety Regulator will oversee the new regime and will be responsible for ensuring that any building safety risks, in new and existing high rise residential buildings of 18m and above, are effectively managed and resolved. This will include implementing specific gateway points at design, construction and completion phases to ensure that safety is considered at each and every stage of a building’s construction, and safety risks are considered at the earliest stage of the planning process.

Key measures in the Building Safety Bill, it will:

The Bill will include powers to strengthen the regulatory framework for construction products, underpinned by a market surveillance and enforcement regime led nationally by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

The Building Safety Regulator will be able to remove products from the market that present safety risks and prosecute or use civil penalties against any business that breaks the rules and compromises public safety.

Developers will also be required to join and remain members of the New Homes Ombudsman scheme, which will require them to provide redress to a homebuyer, including through the awarding of compensation. Developers who breach the requirement to belong to the New Homes Ombudsman may receive additional sanctions.

 

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