Last edited 05 May 2022

Building Safety Bill

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[edit] Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019 following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017. Its purpose is to put in place new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products, and to ensure residents have a stronger voice in the system.

It was expected that the main elements would:

For more information see:

On 2 April 2020, in response to the Building a Safer Future consultation, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP also announced steps to introduce mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats over 11 metres tall, legislated for through the Building Safety Bill. For more information see: Government response to the Building a Safer Future consultation.

The draft Building Safety Bill was published on 20 July 2020. Ref

Explanatory notes were published at:

The final version of the Bill was published on 5 July 2021. Ref

Under the proposals, the Government is more than doubling the amount of time, from six to 15 years, that residents can seek compensation for substandard construction work. These changes will apply retrospectively. This means that residents of a building completed in 2010 would be able to bring proceedings against the developer until 2025. These reforms also include new measures which apply to those seeking compensation for shoddy refurbishments which make the home unliveable.

A one-page explaination of the bill is available here:

On 1 March 2022, CIAT raised serious concerns and responded to the Lords' Committee Stages as the Building Safety Bill moved through Parliament. These concerns were also expressed by other industry bodies, including the Construction Industry Council. For more information see: CIAT raises concerns about Building Safety Bill.

In April 2022, the government announced a series of amendments to the Building Safety Bill, this included scrapping the role of Building Safety Manager. This they suggest will give the Accountable Person greater freedom to implement safety procedures that suit the circumstances of their building, and will also remove the associated cost of appointing a Building Safety Manager.

On 13 April 2022 the government announced agreement with developers in England to contribute £5 billion to address the building safety issues that were uncovered following the Grenfell Tower fire. For more information see: Building safety agreement with developers.

On 28 April 2022, the Bill received Royal Assent, becoming law as the Building Safety Act 2022.

[edit] Factsheets

A series of factsheets are available through Gov.UK, updated in April 2022 to provide more information about the provisions in the Building Safety Bill and how they will be implemented.

[edit] Fire Safety Bill

A Fire Safety Bill was also introduced in 2019 to amend the Fire Safety Order 2005, clarifying that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire.

For more information see: Fire Safety Bill.

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