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What is a Party Wall Award?

The process and requirements of a Party Wall Award are as set out in the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996. A Party Wall Award is a contract made between a minimum of two neighbouring occupiers prior to the start of construction/building work which is to be undertaken to a party limit or structure, or where works are being undertaken in close proximity to a party border or structure. There are three main types of work which need a Party Wall Surveyor to conduct a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (constructing a brand-new wall on or along with a border).
  • Party Structure Works (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, reconstructing, thickening etc.).
  • Surrounding Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing structure).

In London and throughout the UK, our experienced industrial building surveyors carry out a variety of professional surveying services including Party Wall Surveys (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Structure Surveyors we carry out Party Wall Surveys by knowledgeable and expert Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (sometimes parti-wall or parting wall surface, additionally called common wall or as a demising wall) is a separating partition between 2 adjacent structures that is shared by the residents of each home or organization. Typically, the home builder lays the wall along a building line dividing two terraced houses, to ensure that one half of the wall surface’s density lies on each side. This kind of wall is generally structural. Event wall surfaces can likewise be created by two abutting wall surfaces developed at various times. The term can be also used to explain a division in between different units within a multi-unit house complex. Very usually the wall in this case is non-structural yet made to satisfy established standards for noise and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall program.

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How The Party Wall etc.

Act 1996 Functions In simple terms, the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 can be divided into 2 phases; first of all the Notifying Stage and secondly, if required, the Disputed Phase. The first stage is where the Building Owners have a legal obligation to serve a formal Notice detailing the proposed works upon the Adjacent Owners. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, position no threat of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners just require to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 might end there. The second stage would only be activated if the Adjoining Owners had any concerns relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or chose to disregard the Notification served by the Structure Owners.
A dispute would then be deemed to have emerged and, the structure supplied by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “conflict” having actually developed, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to select a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with solving the dispute.
Party Wall Surveyors are responsibility bound to administer the Act impartially as they are, in essence, agents of the Court. Prior to any dispute developing, Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners do not always need the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. However, The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to supply guidance on the Act and to serve the relevant Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally valid. When appointed, the Surveyors will think about the proposed works and agree a Party Wall Award which would information the structure works and how they ought to be carried out. The rights granted within the Party Wall Award are subject to the Building Owners making good any damage or, the payment of damages in lieu of making good.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Building Owners preparing to bring out any of the works defined within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal commitment to serve written Notice on any Adjoining Owner who might be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman desired to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notice on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman only served the Notification in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann refused to accept the Notice as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be concerned as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman must likewise be included on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document in between Building Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the appointed property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Schedule of Condition survey of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a recommendation file within the Award.

I Already Have Planning Authorization And/ Or Building Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your planned works would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the procedures set out within the Act. No Regional Authority approval or approval would eliminate the legal obligation to serve a Party Wall Notification upon your neighbour( s).

Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?

The Act does cover “Party Fence Walls” which are considered to be a wall of strong structure that sits astride a limit and not being part of a structure. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls. Lumber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be deemed to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a border or not.

If the Adjacent Owners are satisfied that the Structure Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, pose no danger of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners only require to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having developed, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with dealing with the dispute. The Party Wall Company are typically commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are lawfully valid. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding file in between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the designated surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would likewise apply to Party Fence Walls.

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