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If you’re planning on carrying out work on a property in England or Wales that involves a shared wall or structure, you may need to enter into a party wall agreement with your neighbour. But what exactly is a party wall agreement, and why might you need one?



┬áIn this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about party wall agreements, including when you need one, how to get one, and what it covers.

What is a Party Wall Agreement?

A party wall agreement, also known as a party wall award, is a legally binding agreement between two or more property owners who share a wall or structure. It sets out the rights and responsibilities of each party in relation to the wall or structure and any work that is being carried out on it.

Do You Need a Party Wall Agreement?

You may need a party wall agreement if you are planning on carrying out work on a wall or structure that is shared with another property, or if you are planning on excavating near a neighbouring property. Examples of work that may require a party wall agreement include:
  • Building a new wall on the boundary between two properties
  • Removing or altering an existing party wall or structure
  • Excavating within three or six metres of a neighbouring property, depending on the depth of the excavation

How to Get a Party Wall Agreement

If you need a party wall agreement, you must give your neighbour(s) notice in writing. This notice should include details of the work you are planning to carry out, the start date, and the likely duration. You should also include a statement explaining your neighbour’s rights under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
Your neighbour(s) then have 14 days to respond to your notice. If they agree to the work, you can proceed without the need for a party wall agreement. However, if they dissent or do not respond, you will need to appoint a party wall surveyor to prepare a party wall agreement.

What Does a Party Wall Agreement Cover?

A party wall agreement typically covers:
  • Details of the work to be carried out
  • A schedule of condition of the affected properties
  • Arrangements for access and working hours
  • Provision for the making good of any damage caused by the work
  • Arrangements for resolving any disputes that may arise

Advantages of a Party Wall Agreement

Entering into a party wall agreement has a number of advantages, including:
  • It can help to avoid disputes with your neighbours
  • It sets out clear responsibilities for each party
  • It ensures that any damage caused by the work is properly addressed
  • It can protect you from potential legal action by your neighbour


If you are planning on carrying out work on a shared wall or structure, it is important to consider whether you need a party wall agreement. Not only can it help to avoid disputes with your neighbour, but it can also ensure that the work is carried out in a way that is safe and legal. At Faulkners Surveyors in Bexhill on Sea, we have extensive experience in party wall matters and can provide expert advice and assistance. Contact us today to find out more.