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We have an update on a change to the Building Regulations with regards to Part B and combustible cladding on buildings. We have a new regulation 7(2) of the Building Regulations 2010 which applies to any building with a storey at least 18m above ground level and which contains:
This includes residential blocks of flats, student accommodations, care homes, sheltered housing, hospitals and dormitories in boarding schools with a storey above 18 m in height. Regulation 7(2) requires that all materials which become part of an external wall or specified attachment achieve European Class A2-s1, d0 or Class A1 except for components exempted in Regulation 7(3). The definitions of external wall and specified attachments are included in Regulation 2. These definitions include any parts of the external wall and balconies, solar panels and sun shadings.
There are transitional arrangements that apply with the Amendment Regulations come into force on 21 December 2018. The Amendment Regulations will not apply where a building notice or an initial notice has been given to, or full plans deposited with, a local authority before 21 December 2018 and either the building work to which it relates:
(a) has started before that day; or
(b) is started within the period of two months beginning on that day.
The attached Circular Letter from MHCLG has full details along with links to updated editions of the Approved Documents for Part B and Regulation 7.
We have made some changes to our Building Control standard charges tables. These changes will come into effect from the 1st September 2017, these changes will apply to both authorities.