Register a high-rise residential building

Use this service to apply to register a high-rise residential building in England.

Applies to England

If your organisation is the principal accountable person for a building, or the principal accountable person has authorised you to act for them, you can use this service to:

  • apply to register the building
  • continue or change an application you started previously
  • withdraw an existing application
  • manage who can use the service for you

The principal accountable person is the organisation that owns or is accountable for the building’s safety.

In limited circumstances, an individual can be the principal accountable person.

If the building has more than one accountable person, the principal accountable person is the one who is accountable for the external walls and structure of the building.

Before you start

A high-rise residential structure has:

  • at least 7 floors or is at least 18 metres in height
  • at least 2 residential units

A high-rise residential building can contain one or more high-rise residential structures.

Apply to register 2 or more structures as a single building when they’re connected by either:

  • a walkway, lobby or basement, that contains a residential unit
  • an internal wall containing normal use doors

You must give us the following information about the building:

  • the number of floors at or above ground level
  • its height in metres
  • the number of residential units
  • its completion date
  • its address or addresses

If your building is made up of more than one high-rise residential structure, you must give us this information for each structure.

We’ll also ask about the principal accountable person and any other accountable persons.

You must declare that all the information you have told us is correct.

To complete your application, you must pay £251 per building. You need to pay by credit or debit card.

If you cannot pay by card, you may be able to pay an invoice through a bank account. You must pay the invoice before we can assess your application.

After you’ve paid, you’ll have 28 days to give us more detailed information about the structure and fire safety of the building. The information you give here will help you when you assess the building’s risks, as part of your safety case.

You can save your application and return to it at any time.

You can use this service as many times as you need. But you can only give us information about one building at a time.

Start now

If you need help using this service

Contact us if you need help with your application to register a high-rise residential building.

Published 12 April 2023
Last updated 27 November 2023 + show all updates
  1. Update to first set of bullets to include who can use this service. Removed the sentence below 'if you cannot pay by card...' about the payment option delaying your application.

  2. Registration date to submit and pay to register a high-rise building has been removed 'You must submit and pay for your registration application by 30 September 2023'.

  3. Clarified that the principal accountable person will usually be an organisation but can be an individual in limited circumstances. Added information about the alternative payment option for those who cannot pay the application fee by credit or debit card.

  4. First published.