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Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

This consultation seeks views on the Government's proposals for a radically new building and fire safety system which puts resident’s safety at its heart.

Closing date: 31 July 2019

Objectives of the consultation

This consultation follows on from the Government’s Implementation Plan Building a Safer Future, published in December 2018, which committed the Government to ensuring that high-rise residential buildings are safe to live in.

The consultation builds on the recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and proposes fundamental reform of building safety requirements so that residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes.

The Government is seeking views on five broad areas of their proposals:

  • the scope of the new regime
  • the concept of dutyholders who have clear responsibilities throughout a building’s design, construction and occupation
  • giving residents a stronger voice in the system and ensuring their concerns are never ignored
  • plans for a new building safety regulator to provide oversight of the new building safety regulatory regime
  • strengthened enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance with the new regime

These comprehensive changes to the building and fire safety system will work in conjunction with other improvements the Government is making, such as those outlined in the Social Housing Green Paper and reforms in the leasehold and private rented sectors.

Supporting papers

To view papers supporting this consultation, please follow the links below.

What you can do

CIBSE will submit a response to the consultation and we would like to hear from you to best represent your views.

To inform the CIBSE response, please send your contribution to by Friday 12 July.

Members may also wish to make a submission as individuals or as part of their organisations, in addition to the CIBSE response. The final deadline for responses to this consultation is 31 July.