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Building Safety Regulator now accepting registrations for high-rise buildings

Published On: December 5, 2023


The registration process with the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) is currently underway for hundreds of high-rise buildings as part of the stricter regulations aimed at safeguarding residents.

Since the opening of the registration process for high-rise buildings last month, approximately 750 applications have been submitted to the Building Safety Regulator (BSR).

By law, all high-rise residential buildings are required to be registered with the BSR. Those responsible for building safety must complete the registration by the end of September to avoid potential prosecution.

The BSR acknowledges the positive initial response from the building industry but emphasizes the importance of immediate action by all owners and managers. Approximately 12,500 buildings in England fall under the jurisdiction of the new regulator, which was established in response to the tragic Grenfell Fire incident and officially launched earlier this year.

The BSR, an independent body formed under the Building Safety Act 2022 and part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), represents the most significant change in building safety regulations in a generation.

Philip White, Director of Building Safety at the HSE, commented, “We are encouraged by the industry’s early response, but I urge owners and managers to register their buildings promptly if they haven’t already done so. Compliance with this legal requirement is mandatory by the end of September. Registration is a crucial step in the new regime, ensuring that residents of high-rise buildings feel secure and protected in their homes.”

High-rise residential buildings that are at least 18 meters tall or have seven or more floors with a minimum of two residential units must be registered with the BSR.

Detailed information on the registration process and required details can be found at the provided link. Building owners or managers will need to provide information such as the number of floors above or at ground level, the height of the building in meters, the number of residential units, and the year of construction.

Guidance on recording key building information (KBI), which is an additional requirement under the new building safety laws, has now been published. The KBI registration component will be incorporated into the HRB online registration portal later this summer, allowing owners and managers sufficient time to submit their KBI by the end of September.

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