PARTY WALL SURVEYORS

Faulkners Surveyors is an independent company of structure property surveyors that specialise in the

Party Wall etc. Act 1996 acting for Structure Owners, Adjoining Owners and as the Agreed Surveyor throughout London and the House Counties.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also known as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is usually structural. Party walls can also be formed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be also used to describe a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment complex. Very often the wall in this case is non-structural but designed to meet established criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

party wall

The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden construction, however it does impact the construction of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered into force in 1997, so it is now law and provides you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with an appropriate structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not impact any requirement for Preparation Authorization for any work carried out. Similarly, having Planning Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters result if someone is preparing to do work on an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just indicate the wall in between two semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

For details of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure work in general, take a look at this page.

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is much better to informally go over the designated work, think about the neighbours remarks, and modify your plans (if suitable) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notification and approval.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have a result upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be alerted. Guidance needs to be looked for from a local Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

Work in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act include:

Boundary walls

A notice should be issued to all affected neighbouring celebrations if the prepared work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice should consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

If the prepared work is a brand-new border wall as much as or astride the border line the procedure of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See listed below regarding what takes place in the event of a dispute/objection.

Excavations.

If the planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice requires to be served at least one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations need to offer written arrangement within 2 week or a disagreement is considered to have occurred.

See below regarding what takes place in the event of a dispute/objection.

If a conflict arises, what occurs.

If contract can not be reached in between neighbouring celebrations, the process is as follows:.

Once you have arrangement.

All work needs to comply with the notification when you have contract. All the contracts ought to be retained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the residential or commercial property may want to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

Related Articles

Around the Web