If the chimney breast you plan to remove is attached to a party wall, you’ll need to obtain a party wall agreement before starting any work. The same applies if the chimney breast sits on the boundary between two properties, or if you share the chimney stack with your neighbors.
How to obtain a party wall agreement for chimney breast removal
The first step is to serve your neighbors with a party wall notice, informing them of your intentions and providing detailed plans of the work you intend to carry out. Your neighbor then has 14 days to respond with their consent, dissent, or a counter-notice. If they give their consent, no further action is required. If they dissent or do not respond, a party wall surveyor will be appointed to draw up a party wall agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the work.
What to include in a party wall agreement for chimney breast removal
A party wall agreement should outline the scope of work, working hours, access arrangements, insurance, compensation, and dispute resolution. It should also contain a schedule of condition, which is a detailed record of the condition of the affected area before the work begins. This ensures that any damage caused can be easily identified and compensated for.
Advantages of having a party wall agreement
Having a party wall agreement in place can help you avoid disputes with your neighbors and ensure that the work is carried out smoothly and safely. It also protects your property from damage and ensures that any damage caused is repaired and compensated for.
Removing a chimney
breast can be a complex and delicate process that requires careful planning and consideration. If you’re planning to carry out this work, it’s essential to obtain a party wall agreement to protect your interests and avoid any potential disputes with your neighbors. Faulkners, based in Swindon, can help you navigate this process and ensure that your project is successful.