Faulkners Surveyors As certified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every aspect needed to recommend upon and solve Party Wall concerns, such as:

  • Preparing and serving valid Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Building Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Carrying out and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and negotiation of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and operate in accordance with the regulations set down by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 is law, failure to abide by this legislation might lead to works being illegal.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Generally, the home builder lays the wall surface along a building line dividing two terraced residences, so that one fifty percent of the wall’s thickness exists on each side. This type of wall surface is typically structural. Celebration walls can also be formed by 2 abutting walls constructed at various times.

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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 impact garden construction, 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 provides 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 Permission for any work undertaken. Similarly, having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters effect if somebody is planning to do work on a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply imply the wall between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

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

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is better to informally discuss the designated work, consider the neighbours remarks, and change your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notification and permission.

The basic concept 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 must be informed. Suggestions needs to be looked for from a local Structure Control Office or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned deal with a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification needs to be issued to all affected neighbouring parties. The notification needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

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

See below concerning what occurs 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 needs to be served a minimum of one month before the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties must provide written contract within 2 week or a dispute is deemed to have actually happened.

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

If a conflict occurs, what takes place.

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

When you have agreement.

When you have arrangement, all work must abide by the notice. All the contracts need to be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property may want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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