New Building Safety Deadline: Are you compliant?

The Grenfell Tower fire has prompted a review of existing legislation on fire safety standards and building regulations. New legislation is due to come into force on 6th April 2023 and will make provisions for high-risk buildings. The Compliance People consultant Alison Long looks at this important change.

A high-risk building is any building that:

  • contains 2 or more rooms used for residential purposes; and
  • is 18 metres above ground level or has 7 or more storeys.

Owners and operators of high-rise buildings must now:

  • register with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR); and
  • appoint a principle accountable person (PAP) to:
    • assess and manage building safety risks such as structural failure and spread of fire;
    • reduce the seriousness of incidents;
    • prepare a safety case report; and
    • provide relevant building information to the BSR.

All high-risk buildings must be registered by October 2023.

The draft legislation can be viewed here.


Do you want to have your say on fire safety standards and building regulations?

Take a look at the following consultations issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Welsh Government.

In Summary

Organisations are required to register with the BSR and appoint a principle accountable person for high-risk buildings. The deadline for compliance is currently October 2023.