January 27, 2023


by Natasha Sumboo in Uncategorised

The Building Safety Act is a new legislation, concerned with improving the safety within high rise blocks of flats. The Act was introduced in April 2022, with different provisions taking effect in 2022/23.


The Building Safety Act places obligations on those parties building and managing high rise residential buildings.

‘Principal Accountable Person’ (PAP)

The Act creates a new role in law of the ‘Principal Accountable Person’ (PAP). This is usually the individual or organisation that has responsibility for the maintenance of the block, such as the RMC or Freeholder. 

HSE: New Roles And Responsibilities

Most elements of the Act only apply to high rise residential buildings, meaning those are buildings that are either above 18 metres or 7 storeys. If your building is around this height, and you have not already instructed one, it would be advisable to have a building height survey performed by a suitable Surveyor. If the building can be confirmed to be below 18m/7 storeys, this could prevent unnecessary costs.  

WHAT ARE THE Responsibilities OF THE PAP?

The Principal Accountable Persons’ role is to ensure the building is managed and maintained, to minimise or eliminate the risks from the spread of fire or structural failure.

Responsibilities can span from ensuring the fire resistant compartmentation within the building is maintained and that the external wall system designed so as to resist the spread of fire, to managing the risks of subsidence.

What Needs To Be Done?

High rise buildings need to be registered with the newly formed Building Safety Regulator. The window to do this opens April 2023 and will close October 2023.

Once registered, the regulator will need to see evidence that the buildings safety is being managed properly. This is through what is called the ‘Safety Case File’. 

HSE: Safety Cases And Safety Case Reports

In order to put together the safety case file, it will be necessary to gather information about your block. Some of this may be readily available from information provided by the developer or surveys you have previously had carried out. Some will require new or updated surveys to be undertaken (such as compartmentation surveys or foundation condition surveys). It is the unfortunate case that many buildings are being shown to have hidden issues, that if left undiscovered, may only reveal themselves in the event of a fire or major event.
Gathering all the relevant information for your building is key to enabling a comprehensive safety case report to be compiled. Without it, the regulator may not grant the all-important Building Assessment Certificate.


We have access to a network of organisations and individuals that can help identify and compile the necessary information to create the safety case report for your building. It may be that some remedial works are needed to parts of your building, to ensure the safety of residents and meet the standard expected by the regulator. As a Group we have access to a panel of suitably qualified Surveyors who are able to coordinate and oversee these works where needed.

The new safety regime is going to be tough to navigate, but with the right Managing Agent supporting and guiding you through it, we can work with you to ensure your building is safe and compliant.