PARTY WALL SURVEYORS

Faulkners Surveyors is an independent company of structure surveyors that specialise in the

Party Wall and so on. Act 1996 acting for Structure Owners, Adjacent Owners and as the Agreed Surveyor throughout London and the Home Counties.

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Typically, the home builder lays the wall surface along a property line dividing 2 terraced residences, so that one half of the wall surface’s thickness exists on each side. This type of wall surface is normally structural. Celebration wall surfaces can also be formed by two abutting wall surfaces developed at various times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden building, nevertheless it does impact the building of border walls even if not part of structures and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered 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 boundary fences.

The Party Wall Act does not impact any requirement for Preparation Permission for any work carried out. Also, having Planning Consent does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into impact if someone is preparing to do deal with a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply mean the wall between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

For details of how the Party Wall Act impacts building operate in general, take 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 requires a notification to be served, it is much better to informally go over the designated work, consider the neighbours comments, and amend your strategies (if proper) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notice and authorization.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have an impact upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be alerted. If in doubt, advice needs to be sought from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

Work in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act consist of:

Boundary walls

If the prepared deal with a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice needs to be released to all impacted neighbouring celebrations. The notice needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a brand-new border wall as much as or astride the border line the procedure of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See below regarding what occurs in the event of a dispute/objection.

Excavations.

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 planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must provide written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is deemed to have actually taken place.

See below regarding what takes place in case of a dispute/objection.

What occurs if a disagreement occurs.

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

Once you have agreement.

Once you have arrangement, all work should abide by the notice. All the contracts ought to be retained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property might want to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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