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

  • Preparing and serving legitimate Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Structure Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
  • Carrying out and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and settlement of Party Wall Awards

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

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

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Generally, the contractor lays the wall along a residential or commercial property line separating 2 terraced residences, so that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s density lies on each side. This kind of wall surface is normally architectural. Party wall surfaces can likewise be created by two abutting walls developed 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 affect garden building, nevertheless it does affect the construction of boundary walls even if not part of structures and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and provides you rights and duties whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing work on a relevant structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to boundary fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Preparation Authorization for any work carried out. Similarly, having Planning Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into effect if someone is planning to do deal with a pertinent structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just indicate the wall in between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is always much better to reach a friendly arrangement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is much better to informally discuss the desired work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your plans (if suitable) before serving the notification.

What garden work requires a notice and authorization.

The basic concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an effect upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall need to be alerted. If in doubt, suggestions needs to be looked for from a regional Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notification must be released to all affected neighbouring celebrations if the planned work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification should consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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

Excavations.

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 before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must offer written contract within 2 week or a disagreement is considered to have actually happened.

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

What happens if a dispute develops.

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

Once you have contract.

All work must comply with the notice as soon as you have agreement. All the arrangements need to be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home may want to develop that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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