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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 effects the garden

At first sight, it is easy to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden construction, however it does affect the building of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can also 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 work on an appropriate structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Consent for any work undertaken. Similarly, having Preparation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into effect if somebody is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just mean the wall in between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than resort 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 remarks, and change your plans (if proper) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work requires a notification and consent.

The basic concept 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 may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be alerted. Recommendations needs to be looked for from a regional Structure Control Workplace or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

A notification must be provided to all affected neighbouring parties if the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification should include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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

Excavations.

If the planned 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 parties should give written contract within 2 week or a dispute is considered to have actually occurred.

See listed below concerning what happens in the event of a dispute/objection.

If a disagreement occurs, what occurs.

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

When you have arrangement.

All work needs to comply with the notice when you have contract. All the arrangements must be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property might want to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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