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Building Control System

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
(Angela E. Smith)

I am today publishing a short report by my Department on options for the future development of the building control system. This report follows in-depth discussion with a wide range of stakeholders over the last year which has raised a number of areas of concern and highlighted the need for reform to the system to ensure that it is fit for purpose now and in the future. This report is not a statement of intended Government policy. It is an indication of those ideas which we believe have the greatest potential for reforming the building control system effectively and which we intend to develop further before issuing a full consultation document later in the year.

The package outlined in the report includes possible reforms in six broad areas:

The Future of Building Control - Establishing the Vision and Strategy for Future


Modernising the System - Effective Risk Based Inspection and Enforcement

New Routes to Compliance - Minimising the Burden

Customer-Centric Approach - Improving Guidance and Other Tools to Aid

Individual Compliance

Improving our Approach to Regulation - Stability and Forward Planning

Performance Management and Future Capacity

The report can be accessed via the Communities and Local Government website at: and is also available in the Libraries of both Houses.