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High-rise building registration

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The registration service for high-rise residential buildings in England opened on 12 April.

If you signed up for specific information during our ‘Be Ready’ campaign you should already have received this.


It is a legal requirement to register all high-rise residential buildings 18 metres tall or higher, or at least 7 floors, with 2 or more residential units by 1 October 2023.


Help and guidance to help you begin your registration application can be found on our campaign website.

Peter Baker retirement

After a long and successful career, Peter Baker has retired from the Health and Safety Executive and his role of Chief Inspector of Buildings.

HSE’s current Director of Regulation and former Head of Construction Division, Philip White, will take over Peter’s responsibilities on an interim basis, pending recruitment of the next Chief Inspector of Buildings. 


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Regulating the building control profession

Following our recent consultations on regulating building control, we have now developed and published mandatory codes and standards for the profession.  

The Operational Standards Rules (OSRs) will apply from April 2024 and set out the practices, procedures, and performance standards that BSR expects from Local Authorities and Registered Building Control Approvers (RBCAs) in relation to their building control functions. This is underpinned by monitoring arrangements that include key performance indicators and reportable data.


The Building Inspector Competence Framework (BICoF) provides a framework against which individuals in both public and private sectors will have to demonstrate competence in order to register and practice as Registered building inspectors (RBIs).


The Code of Conduct for RBIs and Professional Conduct Rules for RBCAs are being finalised following consultation and will be published in June. 

An update from Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt

22 and 23 March were big days in the calendar for building safety with well attended conferences hosted by BSR and the Building a Safer Future charter organisation.

I spoke at both events and the focus from all attendees on action and getting ready for change was very evident. For me, the biggest message to come out of both days was the need for industry to recognise the shift in emphasis which comes with the new regulatory regime.


The continued call for “regulatory clarity” demonstrates an ongoing desire to be told what to do to achieve compliance with new and, by inference, much tougher standards. The reality is that by and large the standards have not changed. What is changing is the need for those who are responsible to demonstrate and prove to the regulator that buildings have been designed and built to be safe.


If we achieved only one thing during that week in March I hope it is that we reached that “tipping point” where industry recognised its role, its responsibility and took ownership of delivering safe buildings. It’s no longer about doing what you can get away with, but doing what you know you should be doing/have been doing all along.


Watch a video of delegates and HSE’s Chair Sarah Newton at BSR’s conference.


The conference sessions are also available to view online. Sign up to view.

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