Changes to Building Control regulations

In October 2023, the government introduced changes to Building Control laws. These changes place new duties of competence on all parties involved, and also affect higher-risk buildings. You can read more about the changes.

A higher-risk building has at least 7 storeys or is at least 18 metres in height and either:

  • is a hospital or care home
  • has at least 2 residential units

If you want to work on a higher-risk building, you need to apply directly to the Building Safety Regulator.

You should not submit an application to us, or use a private Approved Inspector to submit an Initial Notice.

(You should measure the height from the lowest ground level to the top of the floor surface of the top storey of the building.)

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