THE GOVERNMENT is consulting on proposed changes to building regulations under Part Three of the Safe Buildings Act 2022. The consultation is seeking views on policy proposals for legislation to be introduced to create the building control procedure for high-risk buildings, as well as broader changes are proposed to improve the building control system as a whole.

Specifically, the government is seeking views on:

*new requirements for duty and skill holders for all construction work and additional duties for those working on high-risk buildings

*new “hard stops” to strengthen building control for high-risk buildings before a building is occupied

*the regulator’s advice approach to support construction projects that include both high-risk construction work and work that does not fall into this category

*additional requirements for construction work carried out in existing high-risk construction works (e.g. renovations)

*reinforced control of modifications during the construction of high-risk buildings

* the process of certifying construction work that has been carried out without the approval of building regulations (i.e. “regularization”)

* establish better record keeping and management in high risk buildings (i.e. the “golden thread”)

*a mandatory incident reporting system in high-risk buildings

* Strengthened enforcement and penalties for all construction work

*wider changes to building regulations to align the existing system with the new system

*start of work and transitional arrangements for the transition to the new regime for buildings at risk

The consultation relates only to the design and construction of buildings. This does not apply to occupancy requirements in high-risk buildings.

This consultation is open for 12 weeks until 12 October.

Practitioners wishing to add their views can do so by completing an online survey. Alternatively, they can email their responses to questions to [email protected] Written responses can be sent to Consultation on Changes to Building Regulations, c/o Reform, Legislation and Regulators Division, Building Safety Programme, Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities, 3rd Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

Occupied high-risk buildings

In parallel, the Government is also consulting on the new security regime for high-risk occupied buildings.

This consultation seeks views on policy proposals for the occupancy phase of high-risk buildings under the new, stricter regime. It covers the following areas:

*registration

* certification

* “Responsible Persons” and the main “Responsible Person”

*Safety Case Approach and Safety Case Report

* Mandatory incident report

*Voices of residents and duties to residents

*Content of the “golden thread”

*How the “gold thread” is managed and stored

* duties of the “responsible person” and the main “responsible person” to share information

*Calls

*Enforcement

*Key building information

This consultation lasts 12 weeks from July 20, 2022 to October 12.

Practitioners wishing to add their views can do so by completing an online survey. Alternatively, they can email their responses to questions to [email protected] Written responses can be sent to Consultation on Occupied High-Risk Buildings, c/o Reform, Legislation and Regulators Division, Building Safety Programme, Department for Upgrading, Housing and Communities, 3rd Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF