THE BUILDING Safety Regulator (BSR) has passed a major milestone with the closure of the registration period for high rise buildings.
Over 13,000 dutyholders have started or completed their applications under the new regulatory regime, to register in-scope high-rise residential buildings that are at least 18m or seven storeys high, with two or more residential units.
A legal duty brought in by the Building Safety Act 2022, following the Grenfell fire, building registration is a major step in a package of measures to ensure high-rise residential buildings are safe for residents and users.
The registration information provided by dutyholders will be used by the BSR to help it prioritise buildings for the building assessment certificate process from April 2024.
Register of High Rise Buildings
Principal Accountable Persons (PAP’s) were given until the 1 October 2023 to register all high-rise residential buildings in England. It is now an offence to allow residents to occupy an unregistered building.
Chris Griffin-McTiernan, Deputy Chief Inspector of Buildings at BSR, said: “We are encouraged to see that since the HRB registration service opened in April, the majority of Principal Accountable Persons (PAP’s) have recognised their mandatory registration obligations. When the registration deadline was reached on 1 October, over 13,000 applications had been started.
“We are now urgently reminding the minority of dutyholders who have missed the deadline for completing their registration application, that they could now face significant sanctions, including prosecution. Please respond to your legal duty – act now and register to avoid action being taken against you.”
Detailed guidance for owners and managers of high-rise buildings on their legal duties for registering their building, and information on how to complete the application, including the key building information, has been available since April 2023.
BSR’s recent programme of over 30 stakeholder sessions have focused on supporting people to complete their registration applications, ready for the Regulator to begin the building safety certification process.
Further guidance and support for building owners and managers is available on the Making Buildings Safer campaign website.
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