Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Independent, North East Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure new build homes are built according to electrical and fire safety requirements.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Independent, North East Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure developers comply with fire and electrical safety requirements for new build homes.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The primary responsibility for compliance with the Building Regulations, including fire and electrical safety, rests with the person carrying out the building work. This is the builder or developer. Most building work is subject to building control either by the local authority or a private approved inspector, on a spot-check basis. It is the responsibility of the building control body to take all reasonable steps to assess compliance. However, responsibility for compliance remains with the builder or developer

On 5 July 2019, the government published a clarified version of Approved Document B (the approved document to the building regulations on fire safety) that aims to improve usability and reduce the risk of misinterpretation by those carrying out and inspecting building work.

We recently consulted on how we propose to take forward legislative reform for building and fire safety in higher-risk residential buildings implementing recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review. We committed in the Queen's Speech to bring forward legislative reform.

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