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What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is an agreement made in between at least two neighbouring occupiers prior to the beginning of construction/building work which is to be undertaken to a party limit or structure, or where works are being undertaken in close distance to a party limit or structure. There are three primary types of work which need a Party Wall Surveyor to carry out a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (developing a new wall on or along with a border).
  • Party Structure Functions (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, restoring, thickening and so on).
  • Surrounding Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing building).

In London and across the UK, our knowledgeable industrial building surveyors carry out a range of professional surveying services consisting of Party Wall Surveys (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Building Surveyors we conduct Party Wall Surveys by knowledgeable and professional Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also known as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is usually structural. Party walls can also be formed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be also used to describe a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment complex. Very often the wall in this case is non-structural but designed to meet established criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is easy to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden construction, nevertheless it does affect the building and construction of boundary walls even if not part of structures and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered force in 1997, so it is now law and offers 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 affect any requirement for Preparation Consent for any work undertaken. 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 simply mean the wall in between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly agreement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is much better to informally talk about the intended work, think about the neighbours remarks, and change your strategies (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 might have a result upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be alerted. Advice should be looked for from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

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

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

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

Excavations.

If the planned 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 parties must offer written contract within 14 days or a dispute is considered to have actually taken place.

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

If a conflict occurs, what takes place.

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

As soon as you have agreement.

As soon as you have arrangement, all work should adhere to the notification. All the contracts must be kept to make sure 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.

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