Building Regulations

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th September 2017.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that building safety regulations for new build housing is enforced.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The person undertaking building work is responsible for compliance with the building regulations. All new build housing is subject to supervision by a building control body, who have a legal duty to take all reasonable steps to ascertain if the building work complies with the relevant requirements of the building regulations.

Local authorities have enforcement powers to order alteration or removal of building work which contravenes the building regulations and bring a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court for a breach of the building regulations. In 2015 the previous limit on fines for breaches of building regulations was lifted so fines on conviction for breach of the building regulations are now unlimited.

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