Government Releases Guide to Building Security Fund Application Process

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Health and Safety Practitioner

The Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities has published a short guide to the Building Safety Fund (BSF) which provides funding to address life safety related fire hazards associated with the cladding of tall buildings (those over 18 m) in England.

Guide is primarily intended for tenants and residents to help them navigate the workings of the BSF 2022 adapted process.

It focuses on the seven steps below:

  • Application filed
  • Eligibility decision
  • Legal checks and assistance before the call for tenders
  • Cost assessment
  • Funding agreement
  • Beginning of the roadworks
  • Works completed

A request to the BSF can be made by the organization which has the legal obligation or the right to carry out remediation work on its building – these requesters can be:

  • Freeholder
  • Main donor
  • Resident Management Company (RMC)
  • Right to Manage Society (RTM)
  • social housing provider

Supporting evidence from the BSF includes a fire risk assessment of the exterior wall construction (FRAEW) and evidence of building height.

The government has pointed out that there is a separate guide for the 2020 process (buildings over 17.7m with cladding systems that meet the 2020 criteria), and that the process is different for social housing applications.

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