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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 think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden building and construction, nevertheless it does impact the building and construction of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered into force in 1997, so it is now law and offers you rights and duties whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a relevant 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 Planning Authorization for any work undertaken. Having Preparation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into effect if somebody 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 homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

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

Similar to 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 notice to be served, it is much better to informally talk about the desired work, consider the neighbours remarks, and change your strategies (if appropriate) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notice and consent.

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

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

Boundary walls

If the planned work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification needs to be provided to all affected neighbouring celebrations. The notice needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

See below concerning what occurs 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 notification requires to be served a minimum of one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties need to offer written arrangement within 14 days or a conflict is deemed to have actually occurred.

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

If a dispute emerges, what occurs.

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

Once you have arrangement.

All work should comply with the notice once you have contract. All the arrangements need to be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property may want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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