The government has launched a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.

The government says it is minded to make the change through legislation by amending the Building Regulations to include a specific ban. Failure to comply with the ban would be a breach of the Building Regulations 2010. Those not complying would be open to prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court, which has powers to impose an unlimited fine. The government says that it has considered amending the guidance in Approved Document B as an alternative to specify what materials should be used, but as the guidance in Approved Documents is not mandatory it would not deliver the policy intention of a complete ban.

The consultation ends on 14 August 2018.

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