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The Party Wall Act 1996
as it impacts the garden
At first sight, it is simple to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building, however it does affect the building of border walls even if not part of buildings and can also applies to deep excavations.
The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and offers you rights and obligations whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a relevant 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 Authorization for any work undertaken. Also, having Preparation Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.
The Party Wall Act comes into result if somebody is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just imply the wall in between two semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:
- A garden wall, where the wall is astride the boundary line (or butts up against it) and is utilized to separate the homes but is not part of any building.
- Excavation near to a neighbouring property.
For information of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure work in basic, have a look at this page.
Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly contract instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally talk about the desired work, think about the neighbours comments, and amend your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notice.
What garden work needs a notification and permission.
The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be informed. If in doubt, suggestions needs to be looked for from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.
Operate in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act include:
- To destroy and/or rebuild/build a party border wall.
- To increase the height or density of a party border wall.
- Excavations within 3 metres of a neighbouring building where the excavation will go below the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
- Excavations within 6 metres of a neighbouring building where the excavation will go below a line drawn 45 ° downwards from the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
If the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice needs to be released to all affected neighbouring celebrations. The notice needs to consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.
- The owners of the home carrying out the work.
- The address of the home.
- A full description of the proposed work (this will usually be just a single sentence describing the work).
- The proposed start date for the work.
- A clear declaration that the notification is being served under The Party Wall etc Act 1996.
- The date the notification is being served.
- If the work involves excavations, a drawing showing the depth, position and so on
If the prepared work is a new boundary wall approximately or astride the border line the procedure of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.
- The person intending to carry out the work should serve a composed notification a minimum of one months before the designated start of the work to every neighbouring party giving information of the work to be carried out.
- Each neighbouring party should respond in composing providing permission or signing up dissent – if a neighbouring party does nothing within 2 week of receiving the notice, the effect is to put the notification into disagreement. No official arrangement is required for a wall up to the boundary line, the neighbour simply needs not to object in composing.
- No work may begin on a wall astride the boundary line until all neighbouring parties have agreed in writing to the notice (or a revised notification).
See listed below regarding 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 prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must provide written agreement within 14 days or a conflict is deemed to have occurred.
See below regarding what happens in the event of a dispute/objection.
What happens if a conflict develops.
If contract can not be reached between neighbouring parties, the procedure is as follows:.
- A Property surveyor or Surveyors is/are selected to identify a neutral and reasonable Award, either:.
- A single ‘Agreed Property surveyor’ (someone acceptable to all parties).
- Each party designates their own Surveyor to represent the specific parties.
The individual who is carrying out the work will normally need to pay all the costs of the Surveyors, the only exception being if the neighbour calls out a Property surveyor needlessly – in the opinion of the Property surveyor. It should be kept in mind that any Property surveyor needs to act within their statutory obligations and propose a reasonable and neutral Award.
- A single ‘Agreed Property surveyor’ (someone acceptable to all parties).
- The Agreed Property surveyor, or the individual Surveyors collectively, will produce an Award which must be fair and impartial to all parties.
- Once an Award has been made, all celebrations have 2 week to interest a County Court versus the Award.
Once you have agreement.
As soon as you have agreement, all work must abide by the notification. All the agreements ought to be kept to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property may want to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.
Keep in mind:
- We have actually just provided a quick overview of the Party Wall Act here as it impacts garden work but take a look at the Communities and City government website for a more detailed explanatory booklet consisting of example letters for reactions and notifications.
- If a notice gets here unexpectedly, talking about intended work with neighbours is totally free and can prevent misunderstanding which may arise.
- Your regional Structure Control Office may have the ability to offer totally free guidance relating to the Party Wall Act and how it applies to specific circumstances.
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