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The Party Wall Act 1996
as it effects the garden
At first sight, it is easy to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building, nevertheless it does impact the construction of border walls even if not part of structures and can likewise applies to deep excavations.
The Party Wall Act 1996 entered force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and obligations 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 border fences.
The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Preparation Consent for any work carried out. Having Planning Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.
The Party Wall Act enters into impact if someone is preparing to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply indicate the wall between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are worried it covers:
- A garden wall, where the wall is astride the limit line (or butts up against it) and is utilized to separate the homes but is not part of any building.
- Excavation close to a neighbouring property.
For information 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 always much better to reach a friendly arrangement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is much better to informally go over the desired work, think about the neighbours comments, and amend your plans (if proper) prior to serving the notice.
What garden work requires a notification and consent.
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 may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall need to be informed. If in doubt, suggestions should be sought from a local Building Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect.
Operate in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act consist of:
- To rebuild/build a party and/or destroy border wall.
- To increase the height or density of a party boundary wall.
- Excavations within 3 metres of a neighbouring structure where the excavation will go listed below the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
- Excavations within 6 metres of a neighbouring structure where the excavation will go listed below a line drawn 45 ° downwards from the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
A notice should be released to all impacted neighbouring parties if the planned work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.
- The owners of the home carrying out the work.
- The address of the property.
- A full description of the proposed work (this will typically be simply a single sentence describing the work).
- The proposed start date for the work.
- A clear declaration that the notice is being served under The Party Wall etc Act 1996.
- The date the notification is being served.
- If the work includes excavations, a drawing revealing the depth, position and so on
If the planned work is a new boundary wall approximately or astride the border line the process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.
- The individual meaning to carry out the work should serve a composed notice at least one months prior to the desired start of the work to every neighbouring party providing details of the work to be performed.
- Each neighbouring party needs to respond in writing providing permission or registering dissent – if a neighbouring party does nothing within 2 week of receiving the notice, the result is to put the notice into conflict. No official agreement is needed for a wall up to the limit line, the neighbour simply requires not to object in composing.
- No work might commence on a wall astride the boundary line till all neighbouring parties have agreed in writing to the notification (or a modified notice).
See below concerning what happens in the event of a dispute/objection.
If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice requires to be served at least one month before the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should give written contract within 2 week or a disagreement is considered to have actually happened.
See listed below concerning what occurs in case of a dispute/objection.
If a disagreement occurs, what occurs.
If contract can not be reached in between neighbouring parties, the process is as follows:.
- A Property surveyor or Surveyors is/are appointed to identify a objective and reasonable Award, either:.
- A single ‘Agreed Surveyor’ (somebody appropriate to all celebrations).
- Each party designates their own Property surveyor to represent the private celebrations.
The person who is performing the work will usually need to pay all the expenses of the Surveyors, the only exception being if the neighbour calls out a Surveyor needlessly – in the opinion of the Surveyor. Nevertheless it should be kept in mind that any Surveyor must act within their statutory responsibilities and propose a reasonable and impartial Award.
- A single ‘Agreed Surveyor’ (somebody appropriate to all celebrations).
- The Agreed Property surveyor, or the private Surveyors jointly, will produce an Award which should be reasonable and objective to all parties.
- Once an Award has actually been made, all parties have 14 days to attract a County Court against the Award.
When you have contract.
All work should comply with the notice once you have agreement. All the agreements need to be retained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home may want to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.
- We have actually only offered a quick summary of the Party Wall Act here as it affects garden work however have a look at the Communities and Local Government website for a more comprehensive explanatory booklet consisting of example letters for notices and actions.
- If a notification arrives all of a sudden, discussing intended work with neighbours is complimentary and can avoid misconception which might develop.
- Your regional Structure Control Office may be able to give complimentary advice concerning the Party Wall Act and how it applies to particular situations.
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