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If you’re planning on carrying out construction work on a shared boundary with your neighbour, such as building a new wall, it’s important to know your legal obligations. In many cases, you’ll need a Party Wall Agreement, a legal document that sets out how the work will be carried out and the responsibilities of both parties involved.



The party wall agreement protects both you and your neighbour’s interests and helps prevent disputes that could arise during the construction process.
In this article, we’ll discuss party wall agreements in detail and determine whether you need one.

What is a Party Wall Agreement?

A Party Wall Agreement is a legal document that outlines the rights and obligations of both you and your neighbour when carrying out building work on a shared boundary. The document is designed to protect both parties by setting out a clear plan for the work and minimizing the risk of disputes arising.

Do You Need a Party Wall Agreement?

You’ll need a Party Wall Agreement if you’re planning on carrying out any of the following types of work:
  • Building a new wall on a shared boundary
  • Carrying out work on an existing party wall, such as removing or altering it
  • Excavating near a shared boundary, such as digging foundations for an extension
  • Building on or near a boundary that separates different properties, such as a garden wall
Advantages of a Party Wall Agreement:
  • It protects you from legal disputes with your neighbour by setting out clear guidelines for the work.
  • It ensures that any damage caused by the work is properly dealt with and compensated for.
  • It establishes the legal ownership of the party wall and ensures that both parties understand their responsibilities.
  • It reduces the risk of delays to the work caused by disputes or legal issues.
If you’re planning on carrying out any building work that involves a shared boundary, it’s essential to understand your legal obligations and ensure that you have a Party Wall Agreement in place. This will help to protect you from disputes with your neighbour and ensure that the work is carried out smoothly and efficiently.
At Faulkners, we provide expert advice and guidance on all aspects of Party Wall Agreements. Our team of experienced surveyors can help you to understand your legal obligations and ensure that your building work is carried out in compliance with all relevant regulations. Contact us today to find out more.