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Building Control System under review

The Government is planning to revise the Building Control System (BCS), according to an official document issued last week. In the Future of Building Control, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department outlines its plans for creating an effective framework within which the BCS can be reformed. The report states: “The system is not broken but it has some serious failings and weaknesses that must be tackled if we are to ensure that it remains fit for purpose in today’s world and future.” Areas it considers ripe improvement includes the interface between building control and other relevant regulatory regimes, said to be confusing; regulation, considered complex and inconsistent; and compliance and enforcement, criticised as being weak. Although the document states that the DCLG is seeking views from stakeholders, it stresses that the paper is not a consultation document. It is intended that the areas up for discussion in the paper will form the basis of a BCS full consultation paper, to be published in due course.