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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Commonly, the building contractor lays the wall surface along a residential property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall surface is normally architectural. Party wall surfaces can also be created by 2 abutting wall surfaces constructed at various times.

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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 impact garden building and construction, however it does affect the building of limit 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 duties whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a pertinent structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to boundary fences.

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

The Party Wall Act comes into effect if somebody is planning to do work on a pertinent structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just mean the wall between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

For details of how the Party Wall Act affects building work in basic, take a look at this page.

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly contract rather than turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is much better to informally talk about the desired work, think about the neighbours remarks, and amend your strategies (if appropriate) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notification and authorization.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an impact upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be alerted. Suggestions must be looked for from a regional Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice needs to be provided to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notification should consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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


If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served at least one month before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations should offer written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is considered to have actually happened.

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

If a conflict develops, what occurs.

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

When you have contract.

All work must comply with the notification once you have arrangement. All the contracts ought to be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home may want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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