Consultation outcome

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

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A reformed building safety regulatory system: government response to the Building a Safer Future consultation

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Economic assessment of the benefits and costs to the government response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation

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A reformed building safety regulatory system: government response to the Building a Safer Future consultation

In June 2019, the government published the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation detailing proposals to achieve long-term reform of the building safety system. This document sets out the government’s proposals for a reformed building safety system covering the performance of all buildings as well as the management of fire and structural safety risks in new and existing buildings in scope. It takes into account the responses received from the consultation.

Economic assessment of the benefits and costs to the government response to the Building a Safer Future consultation

The economic assessment  sets out estimates of the economic costs and benefits of the proposals set out in the government response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation. It is an update to analysis which was annexed to the consultation. 

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A reformed building safety regulatory system: summary of responses to the Building a Safer Future consultation

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Master tables annex to accompany the summary of responses to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation

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Detail of feedback received

A reformed building safety regulatory system: summary of responses to the Building a Safer Future consultation 

In June 2019, the government published the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation detailing proposals to achieve long-term reform of the building safety system. The first document is a summary of the responses received to the individual questions posed in the consultation.

Master tables annex to accompany the summary of responses to the consultation

In total, 871 responses were received to the consultation. All responses were read and factored into the policy development process, but given the varied formats used to respond it was not possible to code all responses. The tables in this document summarise the responses to the quantifiable questions only. The responses to the open-ended questions were carefully considered in the development of policy.

Original consultation

Summary

We are seeking views on our proposals for a radically new building and fire safety system which puts residents' safety at its heart.

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Consultation description

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

The proposals span 5 broad areas:

  • 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

The Home Office, alongside this document, has issued a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 (the ‘Fire Safety Order’). This seeks views from the fire safety sector, those it regulates and enforcing authorities on the current effectiveness and application of the Fire Safety Order to provide a regulatory framework for the ongoing management of fire safety in non-domestic premises and the common parts of multi-occupied residential buildings.

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

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Published 6 June 2019
Last updated 2 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added summary of responses, government response, and economic assessment of the benefits and costs.

  2. First published.