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Cladding changes

We wanted to confirm some changes we made recently to the treatment of properties with cladding, or where the cladding status is unknown.

In England, for properties in buildings that are five storeys or higher we will no longer require an External Wall System (EWS1) form in order to progress an application. We will also be able to consider applications on properties where cladding remediation work is required but not yet completed.

This only applies to buildings five stories or higher therefore EWS1 forms may still be required for buildings four storeys or lower and for properties in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. The surveyor will advise when an EWS1 form is required.

Please see our Criteria on EWS1 and Cladding for further information.