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Building Safety Levy Member Survey

CIOB is encouraging developers to respond to the survey if they could be affected by the levy.

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Last updated: 23rd September 2021

On 21 July the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched a consultation on the Building Safety Levy. The consultation seeks views on the design of the levy, and evidence of possible impacts on housing supply and regeneration, and the housebuilding industry.

Subject to the passage of the Bill through Parliament, this levy will apply to developments in England seeking building control approval from the Building Safety Regulator to start construction of certain buildings: the “Gateway 2” stage of the new building safety regime.

The levy will sit alongside a new tax on developers in the residential property market, which is set to raise at least £2 billion over a decade towards the costs of making buildings safer. A separate consultation on the design of the residential property developer tax recently closed on 22 July 2021.

The Government has stated that it is seeking to strike a balance between raising revenue to support remediation of historical building safety defects and minimising the impact on housing supply and developers.

CIOB’s involvement

CIOB is encouraging developers to consider whether they could be affected by the levy and to make a response if they are.

CIOB, as a professional body, is unable to comment on the scope of the levy, but has instead pulled together some of the key questions for industry in a survey

Should CIOB receive enough evidence, it will submit a response to MHCLG informing them of the views of its members and those who have taken this survey. Of course, if you would rather respond individually you can do so here. CIOB would, however, welcome you to circulate any formal responses or views to our policy and public affairs on policy@ciob.org.uk .

The closing date for this survey is 13 October 2021.  To respond to CIOB click here

Hew Edgar, Associate Director, Policy at CIOB, said:

“The new Building Safety Levy is part of the new building safety regime to provide more stringent regulatory requirements for the design and construction of new residential buildings over 18 metres in height – or at least seven storeys tall.  The Levy will be payable by developers of these buildings in England during pre-construction stage at Gateway 2, although affordable housing, for example, will be excluded from the levy.

There is still need for clarity on who pays for the levy and this is why we are encouraging CIOB members who are involved in residential development to respond, particularly if there are concerns about the impact it might have on your business.”