Building Safety Levy - Consultation Launched

In February Kate Warren and I blogged about the proposed 'cladding levy' and raised a number of queries as to how this might look. Click here for our February blog

Well, we now have an indication. The government launched a consultation about the Building Safety Levy on 21 July

The consultation is based on the levy applying to developments in England seeking building control approval from the Building Safety Regulator, unless otherwise excluded. The proposed new regime applies to new high-rise residential buildings, care homes, and hospitals which are 18 metres or more in height, or at least seven storeys”

The consultation states that conversions, such as  a change from office to residential use, are intended to be caught by the levy, and it seems that student accommodation may also be caught

The government is consulting on whether the following should be excluded from payment of the levy:

  • Affordable housing
  • Hospitals 
  • SMEs
  • Refurbishments

The levy is intended to be paid by the party for whom the works are being carried out and the government is currently considering two alternatives for calculating the amount of the levy:

  • a charge per square metre of the entire internal floor area, subject to certain exclusions, or
  • a fee per residential unit in scope of the levy

Click here for the consultation which lasts until the 15 October 2021

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