Updated May 26, 2023

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Hundreds of high-rise buildings registering with the new Regulator

Hundreds of high-rise buildings are already registering with the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to be included in the stricter regime intended to protect residents.

BSR is a new regulator created under the Building Safety Act 2022, which forms part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its main purpose is to increase the safety standards of high-rise residential buildings, as well as oversee the wider system for regulating the safety and performance of all buildings and improving the competence of the relevant regulators and industry professionals.

The director of Building Safety for the HSE, Philip White, said: "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 they will have to meet by the end of September.

"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."

Under the Building Safety Act 2022, high-rise residential buildings that are at least 18 metres in height or have seven or more floors containing at least two residential units must be registered with BSR.

The HSE published guidance on how a high-rise residential building can be registered and what information must be provided when registering. Additionally, there is a separate document that provides information to a principal accountable person on the provision of information to the BSR in relation to the structure and safety information (key building information - KBI) of the high-rise residential building they are responsible for.

The KBI registration element will be added to the high-rise building online registration portal in the coming months, to allow sufficient time for owners and managers of buildings to submit their KBI by the end of September 2023.

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