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What is a Party Wall Award?

The procedure 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 an agreement made in between a minimum of 2 neighbouring occupiers prior to the beginning of construction/building work which is to be undertaken to a party limit or structure, or where works are being carried out in close proximity to a party boundary or structure. There are three main types of work which require a Party Wall Surveyor to perform a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (developing a brand-new wall on or together with a border).
  • Party Structure Works (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, rebuilding, thickening and so on).
  • Adjacent Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing building).

In London and across the UK, our knowledgeable industrial building property surveyors carry out a variety of expert surveying services consisting of Party Wall Surveys (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Building Surveyors we conduct Party Wall Studies by professional and knowledgeable Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the building contractor lays the wall surface along a home line splitting two terraced houses, so that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is normally structural. Event walls can likewise be developed by two abutting wall surfaces developed at different times.

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How The Party Wall etc.

In simplistic terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjacent Owners are pleased that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, position no hazard of damage to their residential or commercial property, the Adjoining Owners just need to validate, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The second stage would just be set off if the Adjoining Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or chose to overlook the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A conflict would then be deemed to have emerged and, the framework supplied by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having arisen, both the Structure Owners and the Adjacent Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with dealing with the conflict.
Prior to any dispute developing, Building Owners and Adjoining Owners do not always require the services of a Party Wall Property Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are often commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully legitimate.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Structure Owners planning to carry out any of the works defined within the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notification on any Adjoining Owner who might be affected by the Structure Owners proposed works. There is no main design template for a Notification. Enough information of the proposed works, legal names of all Owners, and when the proposed works will begin are all vital to ensure the validity of the Notice.
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 just served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notification as being legitimate and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be concerned as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman need to also be consisted of on the Notice.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding file between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been agreed by the selected surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners property, although not a specific requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is customary and forms a reference file within the Award.

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

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

Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?

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

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no inconvenience or, posture no danger 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. At the point of a “conflict” having actually occurred, both the Structure Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with solving the disagreement. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to offer recommendations on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, ensuring they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document in between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has actually been concurred by the appointed surveyor( s), authorising the execution of building work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls.

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