In response to the Grenfell Tower disaster, the UK Government has published the Building Safety Bill 2021.
The Bill sets out new regulations for those developing, designing, building and managing residential buildings, hospitals and care homes over 18 metres.
A draft of the Bill was issued in July 2020 and was subject to committee scrutiny in November 2020 meaning the sector had a good understanding as to what was going to be included.
The Bill presented to parliament in July 2021 remains largely as the draft; however, some areas have changed:
The Government’s proposed timetable would see most of the changes made 12 to 18 months after the Bill receives Royal Assent, with some of the more minor changes happening earlier.
The Building Safety Bill at a glance
The Building Safety Bill sets out a regulatory regime for buildings above 18 metres high (referred to as “higher-risk” buildings) and includes:
Criminal liability for both companies and their directors for breaches of the law with unlimited fines and imprisonment for up to two years.
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