Time running out to register high-rise buildings, HSE warns

Time is running out for high-rise residential buildings to be registered with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR), the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has warned.

It will be a criminal offence for any qualifying building not to be registered with the new regulator after 1 October 2023. Registration opened in April 2023.

Any building in England 18 metres tall or higher, or at least seven storeys, must be registered with BSR. So far more than 10,080 registrations have started, the HSE said.

Those responsible for high-rise buildings not registered by the deadline could face significant sanctions, including prosecution.

Chris Griffin-McTiernan, deputy chief inspector of buildings at BSR, said: “I would encourage any organisation that has not registered their high-rise building, to do so now. There is guidance available to help you comply with the law.

“The creation of this register is a major step forward in terms of building safety in England. Residents themselves will soon have access to the register. This new transparency will shift power towards those who live in these buildings. Residents deserve the better oversight we will be able to provide with the register.”

Guidance on registering and information on how to complete the application process can be found on the HSE website.

The BSR was established within the Building Safety Act 2022, as an independent regulator within the HSE. It will raise building safety and performance standards and oversee a new stringent regime for high-rise residential buildings. It will also oversee the wider system for regulating safety and performance of all buildings and increasing the competence of relevant regulators and industry professionals.

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