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Party Wall etc. Act 1996 acting for Building Owners, Adjoining Owners and as the Agreed Property Surveyor throughout London and the Home Counties.

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Commonly, the building contractor lays the wall along a residential property line separating 2 terraced houses, so that one half of the wall surface’s density exists on each side. This kind of wall is usually structural. Event wall surfaces can likewise be formed by two abutting wall surfaces developed at different times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building and construction, nevertheless it does affect the building and construction of boundary 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 duties whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing work on a pertinent 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 Planning Authorization for any work carried out. Also, having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters effect if somebody is preparing to do work on an appropriate structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just suggest the wall between two semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

For details of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure work in basic, have a look at this page.

Just like all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly arrangement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally go over the designated work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your plans (if appropriate) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and consent.

The basic concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have a result upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. If in doubt, recommendations ought to be sought from a regional Structure Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice must be released to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notification must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

See below concerning what happens in case of a dispute/objection.


If the planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice requires to be served at least one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations need to provide written arrangement within 2 week or a disagreement is considered to have happened.

See listed below concerning what happens in case of a dispute/objection.

What occurs if a disagreement emerges.

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

As soon as you have arrangement.

All work should comply with the notification when you have arrangement. All the agreements must be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property may want to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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