New Building Regulations Legal Duty Holder Roles

While it’s important to note that we are not directly responsible for Building Regulations compliance, we are committed to ensuring that you are informed about significant developments in the construction industry that may impact your projects.
Your architects may have already communicated with you on this matter, however, a recent and significant update to the Building Regulations has introduced distinct new roles for a new Principal Designer and Principal Contractor, specifically tailored to focus on Building Regulations compliance. This regulation has come through The Building Regulations etc. (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2023 and relates specifically to all projects with Building Regulations (not just Higher Risk Buildings).
It is important to clarify that these new roles, despite sharing the same names, are completely separate from the existing roles under the CDM Regulations, which are still required.
The purpose of these new roles is to ensure strict adherence to Building Regulations for all projects requiring Building Regulations approval.
This change will come into effect on the 1st of October 2023 unless specific transitional arrangements are applicable, which are; Projects for which a Building Regulations application or an initial notice is submitted to the local authority before the 1st of October 2023 and where construction work commences before 6 April 2024, will be exempt from the new requirements.