Construction industry timeline
This page has been created to highlight key events in the construction industry, such as changes in policy, legislation etc. The oldest items appear last.
End of 2017. National Infrastructure Commission to have reported on emerging technologies.
1 Sept 2017. EN 81-50 provides the framework for design and testing of elevator components. Comes into force.
16th May 2017. EU member states must implement changes to EIA legislation.
April 2017. Tax changes
April 2017. Apprenticeships levy expected to be operational.
April 2017. Immigration skills charge due to start.
March 2017, Energy company obligation ECO2 ends.
January 2017, Approved document R comes into force.
2017. Government grants for cleaning up contaminated land, administered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be phased out, ending in 2017.
January 2017. Changes to special measures thresholds will come into force unless opposed by parliament.
12 December 2016. CIOB Academy to launch.
11 December 2016, Consultation closes on A City for all Londoners.
9 December 2016. Consultation closes on Clean Air Zones.
October 2016, UK BIM Alliance to be formally launched.
5 August 2016, National Infrastructure Commission consultation closes.
3 August 2016, Consultation on Heat Networks Investment Project closed.
1 August 2016, Right to Buy ended in Scotland.
July 2016 - Announcement expected from CITB re levy rebate for large contractors.
May 23 2016 - Dept for Transport consultation on cycling and walking closed.
May 2016, Blacklisting case heard in the High Court.
May 2016, PAS 2080 was published by BSI.
End of April 2016, International Ethics Coalition consultation closed.
6 April 2016, The introduction of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (Electronic Communications) Order 2016 means that notices and other documents can be served by electronic communications.
1 April 2016, Councils must hold a register of custom and self builders who require land in their area and must make sure they look to provide land to meet their needs. See Self build and custom housebuilding registers.
24 March 2016, Responses required for Homes and Communities Agency review call for evidence.
March 2016, NIC report puiblished. See National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence.
March 2016, Findings of Bonfield Review expected - but not published.
1 March 2016. New legislation under the Planning (Wales) Act came into force.
29 February. End of CLC consultation on skills shortage. See Government calls on the construction industry to build home grown talent.
22 February 2016, end of consultation on proposed changes to national planning policy.
1 February 2016, Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences definitive guideline came into effect.
Early 2016, Report from expert panel to streamline local plan-making process.
Early 2016, Relaunch of Construction supply chain payment charter.
January 2016, European regulation on online dispute resolution became law.
29 January 2016, Second reading was expected of Basement Excavation (Restriction of Permitted Development) Bill, however it was withdrawn and will not progress further.
16 January 2016, Cutting Red Tape review review closed for comments.
15 January, call for contributions to the CIL review ended.
8 January 2016, National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence closed.
1 January 2016, NHBC technical standards 2014 replaced by 2016 edition.
I January 2016, Amendment 3 BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations IET Wiring Regulations came into force in relation to consumer units.
For an archive of events in 2015 see Construction industry diary 2015.
For an archive of events in 2014 see Construction industry diary 2014.
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