Last edited 07 Jun 2019

Joint Competent Authority

On 28 July 2017, following the Grenfell Tower fire, the then Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced an independent review of the building regulations and fire safety. On 16 May 2018, Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report, was published, setting out more than 50 recommendations for the government to deliver a more robust regulatory system.

One of the key recommendations was the creation of a new Joint Competent Authority (JCA) comprising Local Authority Building Standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to oversee management of safety risks in high-rise residential buildings (HRRB) across their entire life cycle. Some coordination planning will be required to create this JCA, as the three regulators involved are currently overseen by different government departments.

The review assumes that the three regulators will work on a full cost recovery basis, so key engagements between dutyholders and the JCA will be chargeable.

The review suggests that the responsibilities of the JCA should include:

On 6 June 2019 the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) published Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system, seeking views on a new building and fire safety system following the recommendations of the Hackitt Review. This included prosals for new building safety regulator to provide oversight of the regime.

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