The Draft Building Safety Bill, published on 5 July 2021 will improve building and fire safety so that people will be and will feel safer in their homes

It will create a lasting generational change and set out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained.

Government are now introducing a robust package of legislative changes, to ensure that the problems identified with the current building and fire safety regimes are rectified.

This includes the measures in the Building Safety Bill, and additional changes to fire safety legislation following the Fire Safety Act 2021.

Once enacted, it is intended that the Bill should:

  • Apply to all buildings (new or existing) over 18 metres in height
  • Create a more effective regulatory and accountability framework for the construction industry
  • Introduce clearer standards and guidance
  • Put residents at the heart of a new system of building safety
  • Create a systemic change in culture and responsibility within the building industry

The Draft Building Safety Bill was introduced into Parliament on 30 June 2021 and is currently going through consultation within the House of Commons and House of Lords before the Bill is issued formally.

There is still a long way to go with gaining Royal Assent and Government have stated that it is not possible to set a firm timetable ahead of scrutiny by Parliament, but to assist industry in preparing for the new regime they have set out the key aspects proposed in the Draft Building Safety Bill, and their indicative plan for commencing these provisions.

Following Royal Assent the Government intend that a number of changes will come into force within the first 12 months followed by the bulk of the new provisions within 12 – 18 months of Royal Assent.

For further information on the Building Safety Reform and how we can help, please download our brochure below or if you would like to have a chat with one of our experts, please get in touch via enquiries@ashtonfire.com

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