HUNDREDS OF high-rise buildings are being registered with the new Building Safety Regulator at the Health and Safety Executive as the stricter regime to protect residents begins. Around 750 applications have been opened with the new Building Safety Regulator since the registration process for high-rise buildings opened last month.

By law, all high-rise residential buildings must be registered with the Building Safety Regulator. Those responsible for the safety of buildings have until the end of September to register or otherwise potentially face prosecution.

In a statement, the Building Safety Regulator has said that it’s “pleased” with the early response from the building industry, but is urging all owners and managers to act now. Up to 12,500 buildings in England are covered by the new Building Safety Regulator, itself established in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and officially launched earlier this year.

The Building Safety Regulator is an independent body engendered by the Building Safety Act 2022. Its launch represents the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

Legal requirement

Philip White, director of building safety at the HSE, explained: “We’re pleased with the early response from industry, but I urge owners and managers to act now and register their buildings if they haven’t already done so. This is a legal requirement that will have to be met by the end of September.”

White added: “Registration is a crucial part of the new regime and our efforts to ensure residents of high-rise buildings feel protected and safe in their homes.”

High-rise residential buildings that are at least 18 metres in height or have seven or more storeys containing at least two residential units must be registered with the Building Safety Regulator.

Information on how to register and what details are required can be accessed online. Building owners or managers must provide the number of floors at or above ground level, the structure’s height in metres, the number of residential units within and the year of construction.

Key building information

Guidance on the key building information that will also need to be recorded under the new building safety laws is also available online. This registration element will then be added to the online registration portal for high-rise buildings later this summer, allowing sufficient time for owners and managers of buildings to submit their key building information by the end of September.

The Building Safety Regulator aims to raise building safety and performance standards and oversee a new stringent regime for high-rise residential buildings, as well as oversee the wider system for regulating safety and performance of all buildings. A further key goal is to elevate the competence of relevant regulators and industry professionals.

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