The use of civil sanctions to enforce building regulations
The Department for Communities and Local Government expressed concern in The Future of Building Control that the current range of sanctions for non-compliance with Building Regulations are over-reliant on criminal prosecution, cumbersome, lacking in flexibility and ineffective. A consultation was therefore undertaken to review a range of potential new civil sanctions, made possible under the Regulatory Sanctions and Enforcement Act.
The research provided the Department with:
Lessons learnt on civil sanctions from other regulatory regimes in Scotland and the UK;
A baseline of current levels of compliance in the construction industry and how new sanctions could impact compliance levels, as well as whether these would be proportionate, risk-based, practical and effective;
Clear recommendations of potential new sanctions and the form they might take;
An assessment of the impact of new sanctions and support for potential consultation.