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Time running out to register high-rise buildings

Time is running out for high-rise residential buildings to be registered with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR). The watchdog, designed to better protect people who live in high-rise buildings, was set up as part of the government’s response to the Grenfell fire. As of 1 October, it will be a criminal offence for any building in England that is 18 metres tall or higher, or at least seven storeys tall, not to be registered with the new regulator.  Those responsible for high-rise buildings not registered by the deadline could face significant sanctions, including prosecution.

Registration opened in April 2023 and, so far, more than 10,080 registrations have started.

Chris Griffin-McTiernan, Deputy Chief Inspector of Buildings at BSR, said:

“I would encourage any organisation that has not registered their high-rise building, to do so now. There is guidance available to help you comply with the law. The creation of this register is a major step forward in terms of building safety in England. Residents themselves will soon have access to the register. This new transparency will shift power towards those who live in these buildings. Residents deserve the better oversight we will be able to provide with the register.”

Guidance on registering and information on how to complete the application process can be found here. Further support for building owners and managers is available on the ‘Making Buildings Safer’ campaign website here.