The Building Safety Act has now taken effect, introducing the most significant changes to building safety regulation in a generation, including:
- An extension of the limitation period for claims brought under the Defective Premises Act, both retrospectively from six to 30 years for dwellings completed before 28 June 2022, and prospectively from six to 15 years for dwellings completed after this date.
- The introduction of the Building Safety Regulator and Construction Products Regulator.
- A new gateway system to ensure building safety requirements are met throughout the planning and construction process, along with the requirement to maintain a ‘golden thread’ of information throughout a building’s lifecycle.
- An extension of the Building Safety Levy worth an estimated £3 billion.
The Government has published a series of factsheets to help dutyholders and the wider industry understand the new requirements.