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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.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it impacts the garden

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

The Party Wall Act 1996 came 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 a relevant structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to boundary fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Authorization for any work carried out. Having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into impact if someone is planning to do deal with a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply mean the wall between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act affects building operate in general, have a look at this page.

Just like all work impacting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly agreement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is much better to informally talk about the intended work, consider the neighbours comments, and amend your plans (if suitable) before serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notice and authorization.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be alerted. If in doubt, recommendations ought to be looked for from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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 limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the planned work is a new boundary wall approximately or astride the limit line the process of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See listed below concerning what occurs in case of a dispute/objection.

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served a minimum of one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should provide written arrangement within 14 days or a conflict is considered to have taken place.

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

If a disagreement arises, what happens.

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

As soon as you have arrangement.

Once you have arrangement, all work should abide by the notification. All the arrangements need to be retained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home may want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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