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Last edited 05 Mar 2021
Building registration certificate
 2019 proposal for a Building Safety Certificate
Building a Safer Future, Proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system, A consultation, Published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in June 2019, proposed that the accountable person for a building within the scope of the proposed building safety regulatory system (multi-occupied residential buildings of 18 metres or more) should be required by law to register with and obtain a building safety certificate for their building from the building safety regulator.
For new buildings that are in scope, the building safety regulator would not permit the building to be occupied until a certificate has been issued and the building has been successfully registered. A transitional implementation period is proposed for existing buildings.
The certificate will identify:
- The accountable person.
- The building safety manager.
- The building for which the accountable person is accountable.
- The obligations (conditions) for ensuring the building is safe for residents.
- The accountable person has sufficient control of the building to ensure the obligations of the building safety certificate may be met.
- The accountable person is complying with the requirements of the building safety regulatory regime and the obligations attached to the building safety certificate.
- The building safety manager is competent and suitable to perform the role.
- The building safety manager is discharging their functions competently and in accordance with the obligations in the building safety certificate.
The building safety regulator may require the applicant to provide additional information and may inspect the building. Registration will be subject to conditions attached to the building safety certificate to ensure statutory and building safety case requirements are met. This may include mandatory conditions, voluntary conditions and special conditions.
It will be mandatory for a summary of the building safety certificate to be displayed prominently in the common parts of the building, so that occupants can readily identify who is responsible for the safety of their building and the conditions that must be complied with.
A reformed building safety regulatory system, Government response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, April 2020 described this as a Building Registration Certificate, stating: 'To register a building, the Accountable Person will be required to provide specified information such as the core details identifying the building, the details of the Accountable Person and the details of the Building Safety Manager to the Building Safety Regulator.'
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