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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Usually, the builder lays the wall along a residential or commercial property line splitting 2 terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall surface is generally structural. Event wall surfaces can likewise be created by two abutting wall surfaces constructed at various times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it impacts the garden

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

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered into force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and obligations 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 carried out. Having Preparation Consent does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters effect if someone is planning to do work on an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply imply the wall between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as gardeners are worried it covers:

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

Similar to all work affecting neighbours, it is always much better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally discuss the designated work, think about the neighbours comments, and modify your plans (if appropriate) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and approval.

The general 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 trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be notified. Suggestions ought to be looked for from a regional Building Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared deal with a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification needs to be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notice should consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the planned work is a new limit wall as much as or astride the border line the process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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


If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served a minimum of one month before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should give written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is deemed to have happened.

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

If a disagreement arises, what happens.

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

When you have arrangement.

All work needs to comply with the notification when you have agreement. All the contracts should be retained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer 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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