Since the Grenfell Tower fire it has become clear that many 11m+ residential buildings in England have life-critical fire safety defects that must be remedied, at significant expense. The Building Safety (Responsible Actors Scheme and Prohibitions) Regulations protect leaseholders from the expensive and unfair costs associated with making their buildings safe.
The first phase of the Building Safety (Responsible Actors Scheme and Prohibitions) Regulations 2023 came into force on the 4th of July 2023.
This Scheme will recognise action taken by responsible developers to identify and remediate or pay to remediate life-critical fire safety defects in residential buildings 11 metres or more in height which they developed or refurbished in England during the 30 years prior to 5 April 2022.
The Government has engaged intensively with developers since January 2022 to secure commitments to take responsibility, initially through a building safety remediation pledge and then through a legally binding contract.
Once signed, the contract requires developers to:
- Take responsibility for all necessary work to address life-critical fire-safety defects arising from design and construction of buildings 11 metres and over in height in England that they developed or refurbished over the last 30 years.
- Keep residents in those buildings informed on progress towards meeting this commitment.
- Reimburse taxpayers for funding spent on remediating those buildings.
Developers who have signed the contract with the Government may continue to operate and obtain Planning Permission and Building Control approval.
Eligible developers who do not join the Scheme and comply with its conditions will have planning and building control prohibitions imposed on them.
You can view or download the Responsible Actors Scheme titled ‘The Building Safety (Responsible Actors Scheme and Prohibitions) Regulations 2023’ and other related documents by selecting the link below: