Article Posted -
30 Aug 2017


The Government has published the terms of reference for an independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety that was commissioned following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

The Review is set to urgently assess the effectiveness of current building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement issues, with a focus on multi occupancy high rise residential buildings.

The independent Review will be carried out by Dame Judith Hackitt in parallel with the work of the Statutory Inquiry headed up by Sir Martin Moore-Bick and will co-operate fully with the Public Inquiry.

In reaching its conclusions, the Review will seek the input of relevant stakeholders and will:

  • map the current regulatory system (i.e. the regulations, guidance and processes) as it applies to new and existing buildings through planning, design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and change management;
  • consider the competencies, duties and balance of responsibilities of key individuals within the system in ensuring that fire safety standards are adhered to;
  • assess the theoretical coherence of the current regulatory system and how it operates in practice;
  • compare this with other international regulatory systems for buildings and regulatory systems in other sectors with similar safety risks;
  • make recommendations that ensure the regulatory system is fit for purpose with a particular focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings.

The Review will report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. An interim report will be submitted in autumn 2017 and a final report submitted in spring 2018.

You can read the terms of reference in full here.