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Over 13,000 dutyholders register high-rise buildings with Building Safety Regulator scheme

A few days after the registration deadline, the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has revealed over 13,000 dutyholders have started or completed their applications.

TallBuilding-Residential-HighRisk-KaiPilger-AlamyStock-23Registration of existing high-rise residential buildings with the Building Safety Regulator, established under the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now a legal duty as part of the Building Safety Act 2022.

1 October marked the deadline for dutyholders to begin the registration process, which the BSR says signals the regulatory regime has moved further ahead in its process.

The registration information provided by dutyholders will be used by the BSR to help it prioritise buildings for the building assessment certificate process from April 2024.

It is now an offence to allow residents to occupy an unregistered building.

“Please respond to your legal duty” – says Deputy Chief Inspector of Buildings

Chris Griffin-McTiernan, Deputy Chief Inspector of Buildings at BSR, said: “We are encouraged to see that since the HRB registration service opened in April, the majority of Principal Accountable Persons (PAPs) have recognised their mandatory registration obligations.

“When the registration deadline was reached on 1 October, over 13,000 applications had been started.

“We are now urgently reminding the minority of dutyholders who have missed the deadline for completing their registration application, that they could now face significant sanctions, including prosecution.

“Please respond to your legal duty – act now and register to avoid action being taken against you.”

Detailed guidance for owners and managers of high-rise buildings on their legal duties for registering their building, and information on how to complete the application, including the key building information, has been available since April 2023.

BSR’s says its recent programme of over 30 stakeholder sessions have focussed on supporting people with completing their registration applications, ready for the Regulator to begin the building safety certification process.

Further guidance and support for building owners and managers is available on the ‘Making Buildings Safer’ campaign website.

 

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