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The Party Wall Act 1996
as it effects the garden
At first sight, it is easy to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building and construction, however it does impact the building of border walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.
The Party Wall Act 1996 entered force in 1997, so it is now law and gives 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 limit fences.
The Party Wall Act does not impact any requirement for Preparation Authorization for any work carried out. Also, having Planning Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.
The Party Wall Act enters into impact if someone is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just suggest the wall between two semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:
- A garden wall, where the wall is astride the boundary line (or butts up against it) and is utilized to separate the properties however is not part of any structure.
- Excavation near to a neighbouring home.
For information of how the Party Wall Act affects structure operate in general, take a look at this page.
As with all work impacting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly contract instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is better to informally discuss the desired work, consider the neighbours comments, and amend your plans (if proper) before serving the notification.
What garden work needs a notification and authorization.
The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might 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 need to be alerted. Suggestions must be looked for from a regional Structure Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.
Work in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act consist of:
- To rebuild/build a party and/or demolish limit wall.
- To increase the height or thickness of a party limit wall.
- Excavations within 3 metres of a neighbouring structure where the excavation will go listed below the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring building.
- Excavations within 6 metres of a neighbouring building where the excavation will go listed below a line drawn 45 ° downwards from the bottom of the structures of the neighbouring building.
A notification should be released to all impacted neighbouring parties if the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.
- The owners of the residential or commercial property undertaking the work.
- The address of the home.
- A complete description of the proposed work (this will generally be simply a single sentence laying out the work).
- The proposed start date for the work.
- A clear declaration that the notice is being served under The Party Wall etc Act 1996.
- The date the notice is being served.
- If the work includes excavations, a drawing revealing the depth, position etc
If the prepared work is a new border wall as much as or astride the limit line the process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.
- The person planning to perform the work should serve a written notification a minimum of one months prior to the desired start of the work to every neighbouring party providing information of the work to be carried out.
- Each neighbouring party must react in writing giving authorization or registering dissent – if a neighbouring party does nothing within 14 days of receiving the notice, the impact is to put the notice into disagreement. Nevertheless no official contract is needed for a wall up to the border line, the neighbour just requires not to object in composing.
- No work may start on a wall astride the border line till all neighbouring celebrations have actually concurred in writing to the notification (or a modified notice).
See below concerning what takes place 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 requires to be served at least one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties must provide written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is deemed to have occurred.
See below concerning what occurs in case of a dispute/objection.
What takes place if a conflict arises.
If contract can not be reached between neighbouring celebrations, the procedure is as follows:.
- A Property surveyor or Surveyors is/are selected to determine a impartial and fair Award, either:.
- A single ‘Concurred Surveyor’ (somebody appropriate to all celebrations).
- Each party designates their own Surveyor to represent the specific celebrations.
The individual who is carrying out the work will typically need to pay all the costs of the Surveyors, the only exception being if the neighbour calls out a Surveyor needlessly – in the opinion of the Surveyor. It must be kept in mind that any Surveyor must act within their statutory obligations and propose a fair and impartial Award.
- A single ‘Concurred Surveyor’ (somebody appropriate to all celebrations).
- The Agreed Property surveyor, or the private Surveyors collectively, will produce an Award which should be fair and unbiased to all parties.
- Once an Award has actually been made, all celebrations have 2 week to appeal to a County Court versus the Award.
Once you have agreement.
All work must comply with the notice when you have agreement. All the contracts must be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the residential or commercial property might wish to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.
- We have actually just offered a quick summary of the Party Wall Act here as it affects garden work however have a look at the Communities and City government site for a more comprehensive explanatory pamphlet consisting of example letters for notices and actions.
- If a notice arrives unexpectedly, discussing intended work with neighbours is complimentary and can avoid misconception which might emerge.
- Your regional Structure Control Office may have the ability to offer free advice concerning the Party Wall Act and how it applies to specific situations.
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