The Higher-Risk Buildings (Descriptions and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2023
Commencement: 6th April 2023
Amends: Building Safety Act 2022 (c. 30)
Various duties apply.
In order to confirm if a building falls under the “high risk” building category, the height of a building is to be measured from the ground level to the top of the floor surface of the top storey.
When determining the amount of storeys a building has, the following is exempt from calculations:
- any storey below ground level*;
- any rooftop area that solely contains rooftop machinery or a plant area; and
- any storey used as a gallery which has less than 50% internal floor area than the largest storey, either above or below it, provided that it is above ground level.
* Below ground level is defined as when any part of the ceiling is below ground level.
Exemptions to the definition of a “high risk building” are listed under Paragraph 7.
This amendment has no direct relevance to occupational health and safety matters.
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