Guidance

Building Safety Programme

The programme was established to make sure that residents of high-rise buildings are safe – and feel safe – now, and in the future.

Building Safety Programme: expert panel, advice notes and further information

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has established the Building Safety Programme to cover high-rise residential buildings over 18 metres, including hotels, to make sure that residents of high rise buildings are safe - and feel safe - now, and in the future.

With the support of local fire and rescue services and a panel of independent expert advisers, MHCLG is supporting building owners in taking immediate steps to ensure their residents’ safety and in making decisions on any remedial work that is necessary to do.

The programme is working with building owners, housing providers, schools, hospitals and the construction industry, including an Industry Response Group.

See further information on the expert panel, advice notes, the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, and funding.

Aluminium composite material cladding

See information and advice on aluminium composite material cladding.

Ban on combustible materials

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving support to local authorities to carry out emergency remediation work. See further details on the ban.

The government’s fire door investigation

The government is undertaking an investigation into the fire door industry following concerns about the consistency of flat front entrance fire doors against the required performance standards.

See further details about the government’s investigation and guidance to building owners and occupiers.

Building Safety Programme: other fire safety concerns

See information and advice for leaseholders, occupiers and building owners about other fire safety concerns raised following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Announcements

See announcements from the Building Safety Programme.

Letters

See letters from the Building Safety Programme.

Published 20 July 2017
Last updated 30 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added further information on the ban on combustible materials.
  2. Added information about the government’s fire door investigation.
  3. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - end October 2018.
  4. Added letter in response to Steve Reed MP and others on delivering building safety through the announced ban on combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.
  5. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - October 2018
  6. We have added Advice Note 19. This is advice for owners of buildings which include spandrel panels/window panels/infill panels.
  7. Added Announcement 32 - Government releases funding to replace unsafe cladding - 17 October 2018.
  8. Added letters regarding fire door tests. Added link to 1 October announcement: Government announces new housing measures.
  9. Added 'Advice note 18 - Advice for owners of buildings which are partially clad in Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems - 28 September 2018'.
  10. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - September 2018.
  11. Added advice note 17 on how composite fire door sets should be tested and classified.
  12. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - August 2018.
  13. Added letter 23 to local authorities about recent issues arising from fire door tests.
  14. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - July 2018.
  15. Added 'Announcement 27 - Action plan to accelerate remediation of private high-rise residential buildings with ACM cladding' and Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - June 2018.
  16. Added 'Announcement 26 - James Brokenshire publishes consultation on banning combustible cladding.'
  17. Added letter to local authority and housing association chief executives on the funding for removal and replacement of ACM cladding systems on high-rise buildings in the social housing sector.
  18. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - May 2018.
  19. Added announcements 23, 24 and 25 following publication of the Hackitt review's final report; added letter 20 to local authorities instructing them to pay particular regard to cladding related issues when reviewing housing in their areas.
  20. Added advice note 16: advice for building owners on assurance and replacing of flat entrance fire doors.
  21. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - April 2018.
  22. Information added in the section: Advice for leaseholders affected by fire safety activity
  23. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - March 2018.
  24. Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - February 2018.
  25. Added Advice note 15 - Advice for building owners on external wall systems.
  26. Updated Building Safety Programme page; added "Information note for landlords and building owners of tall residential buildings with ACM cladding".
  27. Deadline extended to 10 November 2017 for organisations to provide information on buildings.
  28. Added legal clarification letter, new burdens assessment update letter, and letter from Tamara Finkelstein to private residential building owners requesting information about their buildings.
  29. Added Update on interim mitigation measures required pending remediation of cladding.
  30. Added update and consolidated advice for building owners following large-scale testing.
  31. Added Fire test report: DCLG BS 8414 test no.6; Added advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 6.
  32. Added Fire test report: DCLG BS 8414 test no.7, and Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 7.
  33. Added Fire test report: DCLG BS 8414 test no.5 - and Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 5.
  34. Added Fire test report: DCLG BS 8414 test no.4 and Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 4.
  35. Added Fire test report: DCLG BS 8414 test no.3 and Advice for building owners: large-scale wall system test 3.
  36. Added - 3 August 2017 - Fire test report: DCLG BS 8414 test no.2.
  37. First published.