Last reviewed 19 May 2020

A Charter has been produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Home Building Federation (HBF) committing signatories to safe working during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Available at GOV.UK, it has been launched to enable housebuilders to make a common commitment to operate in line with Government safe working guidance.

It publicly commits signatories to safe working practices in accordance with Construction Leadership Council (CLC) guidance.

The Charter covers issues such as ensuring safe access and egress to sites, providing clean welfare facilities, sanitisers and handwashing points and developing detailed policies that allow customers to visit sites and view homes safely and in accordance with all social distancing guidelines.

HBF said: “We are working closely with the Government on a range of related issues to ensure members’ concerns are being factored into thinking as it develops its response to the ongoing crisis. We are holding daily meetings with officials from a range of Government departments and regular calls with member groups to ensure we are acting as an effective conduit between Government and industry.”

Through adherence to the Charter, the Federation said, the industry can continue to provide much needed additions to housing supply and play its part in the country’s economic recovery while delivering on its top priority: protecting the health and safety of the home building workforce, visitors to site and the local community.

It emphasised that the Charter is intended to support the very detailed protocols individual builders have in place to ensure safe working on sites.