Information relating to the Building Safety Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July 2021
The next step in post-Grenfell reforms to give residents and homeowners more rights, powers and protections, making homes, hospitals and care homes across the country safer, has finally arrived in Parliament. This is the most complex piece of legislation since World War II and will have an impact on RICS members and firms in England.
This will overhaul regulations, creating lasting generational change, setting out a clear pathway on how buildings should be constructed, maintained and made safe.
It also sets out the framework to improve compliance, with tougher penalties for those who break the rules and mandates developers to belong to a New Homes Ombudsman scheme.
RICS members working on high risk buildings will have to demonstrate a higher level of competence, with 3rd party oversight of any new accreditation. This will affect a number of pathways, particularly building control, where the new Building Safety Regulator (within the HSE) will have oversight of all professionals and firms but not local authorities. Also in scope for these changes are building surveyors as designers, block managers, QSs and PMs.
RICS today welcomes the publication of the Building Safety Bill for England, and proposals to strengthen fire safety in all regulated buildings. Today’s Government proposals alongside the publication of the Fire Safety Bill earlier this year, should ensure that this country never allows a tragedy like Grenfell to occur again. RICS hopes that these new measures, described as a once in a generation change, will be implemented at pace.