Today, 28th April 2022, The Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent and became law.
To receive Royal Assent means that the Building Safety Bill has completed all the parliamentary stages in both Houses of Parliament and, thus, has become an Act of Parliament; in other words, become law.
This is an important milestone and one which will pave the way for HSE to develop and build their regulatory regime for high-rise buildings in England. The next 18 months will shape the future of the regime, as HSE will now begin to recruit for the BSR programme, building and preparing their services, and the different functions of the regulator.
The role of the Building Safety Regulator (BSR), as HSE sets out, is to:
- hold building control bodies (BCBs) and individual building control professionals to account
HSE will also consult on a number of areas over the coming months, including:
- operational standard rules, including key performance indicators and the strategic context for building control oversight
- code of conduct and competence framework for registered building inspectors (RBIs)
- professional conduct rules for private sector Registered Building Control Approvers