It is hard to believe that yet another British summer is over. Yet, for those responsible for higher-risk buildings (“HRBs”), the more pressing matter is that time is running out to register their HRB with the Building Safety Regulator (“BSR”).

All HRBs must be registered by 30 September 2023.

It will be an offence if residents occupy an unregistered HRB after this deadline.

The HRB’s principal accountable person (“PAP”) is responsible for registering the building, although a PAP can authorise someone else in writing to make the application, such as a managing agent.

To register an HRB, the PAP/its agent must complete the registration application and pay the £251 fee.

PAPs also have a separate obligation to provide the BSR key building information (“KBI”).  The KBI is to be provided in electronic form within 28 days of the submission of the application to register the HRB.

For any PAPs which have yet to start the process, it is strongly advised that this becomes a priority since it will likely take time to locate the information required (especially for older HRBs) and you might need to consult specialists to advise on various matters.

It is imperative that PAPs act now to get their HRB registered by 30 September 2023 to avoid committing a criminal offence.

If you have questions about the Building Safety Act, the Building Safety Fund or any cladding and/or building safety issues, please contact Brenna Baye or any other member of our Building Safety and Cladding Team.

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