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

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Generally, the contractor lays the wall along a residential property line dividing two terraced homes, so that one half of the wall’s thickness exists on each side. This type of wall surface is generally structural. Event wall surfaces can likewise be created by 2 abutting walls 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 impact garden building, nevertheless it does impact the building and 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 gives you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with an appropriate 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 Preparation Approval for any work undertaken. Also, having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into impact if someone is preparing to do deal with an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just suggest the wall in between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure operate in basic, take a look at this page.

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is always much better to reach a friendly contract instead of resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is better to informally discuss the desired work, think about the neighbours comments, and change your strategies (if proper) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notification and permission.

The general principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an impact upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. If in doubt, suggestions ought to be looked for from a local Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

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

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

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


If the planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice needs 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 deemed to have actually occurred.

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

What occurs if a conflict emerges.

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

As soon as you have arrangement.

All work should comply with the notice as soon as you have contract. All the agreements ought to be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property may wish to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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