HSE is a statutory consultee for planning applications that involve or may involve a relevant building. As part of their planning application to the local planning authority, applicants will need to show that they have:
considered fire safety needs relevant to land use planning for the proposed building
considered these needs at an early stage
incorporated your thinking into your planning application.
HSE provides local planning authorities with fire safety input on proposals. Examples of fire safety needs relevant to land use planning include:
water supplies for fighting fires
access for fire services.
As part of the building safety reforms, the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) is now the building control authority for high-rise buildings.
Before starting any building work, applicants now need to submit a design application to the Building Safety Regulator via the Gateway system. The application will include information that shows how the design will:
meet the building regulations
manage change control
help duty holders meet legal requirements, including on:
golden thread of information about the building
The application will need to show the assumptions that have been made about the occupied building once built. Any assumptions and proposals must be reasonable and justified.
Any proposals for phased construction or occupation should be agreed at the design stage. Construction work should not start on a phase or stage without approval from BSR.
Building work must not start until approved by BSR. There will be ongoing requirements, including:
site inspections at key milestones
reporting certain occurrences
identifying and storing the golden thread of key information about the building.
Some changes in design may need further approval from BSR before work can proceed. Design and construction.
At completion, BSR will:
assess the application against the building regulations
undertake final inspections of the completed building work
assess the documents to be given to the building owner.
On approval, BSR will issue a completion certificate.
After a completion certificate is issued, the building will need to be registered. An application to register the building should be made to BSR.
Residential units must not be occupied until the building is registered.
It will be an offence to start prescribed building work without Building Safety Regulator approval and the Regulator will have enforcement powers where breaches occur.
The Building Safety Regulator will carry out inspections during construction. This could involve site inspections, requesting information such as the golden thread, change control log(s), or other evidence of building regulations compliance.
It will be able to undertake tests or take samples of building materials by cutting into or laying open building work and will be able to prohibit the covering up of work for a period.
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