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Building Regulations and Safety: Review and Reforms

Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019

This briefing contains a short overview of the building regulation and fire safety review and proposed reforms following the Grenfell Fire.

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Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government asked Dame Judith Hackitt to lead a review of building regulations and fire safety. This briefing outlines the main recommendations of the Hackitt Review which reported in May 2018, the subsequent Implementation Plan published by the Government in December 2018 and details of planned changes or consultations to building regulations. It also covers the ‘cladding ban’ and changes to building regulations in Autumn 2018.

Following the publication of the Hackitt Review in 2018, the Government indicated it would fully respond to the review with an implementation plan in Autumn 2018; it also commenced several more immediate actions including clarifying Approved Document B on fire safety and a change to building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of new high-rise residential buildings. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee reported on the review in July 2018 and their comments are included in the briefing.

Further information on Building Regulations and Approved Documents is available from the Government’s Planning Portal. Building regulations are minimum standards set out in law, and Approved Documents set out detailed and practical guidance on compliance. This briefing relates primarily to England only.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8482

Author: Edward Potton

Topics: Housing, Planning

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