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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 construction, nevertheless it does affect the building of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.
The Party Wall Act 1996 entered 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 work on a relevant structure or if your neighbour is.
The Party Wall Act does not apply to boundary 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 relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just imply the wall between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:
- A garden wall, where the wall is astride the boundary line (or butts up against it) and is utilized to separate the homes however is not part of any building.
- Excavation near to a neighbouring residential or commercial property.
For details of how the Party Wall Act affects structure work in basic, take a look at this page.
Just like all work impacting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally go over the designated work, think about the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if appropriate) prior to serving the notice.
What garden work needs a notification and approval.
The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might 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 need to be informed. If in doubt, advice must be looked for from a local Building Control Workplace or professional surveyor/architect.
Work in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act include:
- To rebuild/build a party and/or destroy boundary wall.
- To increase the height or density of a party boundary wall.
- Excavations within 3 metres of a neighbouring structure where the excavation will go listed below the bottom of the structures of the neighbouring building.
- Excavations within 6 metres of a neighbouring building where the excavation will go listed below a line drawn 45 ° downwards from the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
If the prepared work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice needs to be issued to all affected neighbouring celebrations. The notification should include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.
- The owners of the property carrying out the work.
- The address of the residential or commercial property.
- A complete description of the proposed work (this will usually be just a single sentence detailing the work).
- The proposed start date for the work.
- A clear declaration that the notification is being served under The Party Wall etc Act 1996.
- The date the notification is being served.
- If the work involves excavations, a drawing revealing the depth, position and so on
If the planned work is a brand-new limit wall approximately or astride the limit line the process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.
- The individual intending to perform the work must serve a composed notification at least one months prior to the intended start of the work to every neighbouring party giving information of the work to be performed.
- Each neighbouring party should respond in composing giving authorization or signing up dissent – if a neighbouring party does nothing within 14 days of receiving the notification, the impact is to put the notice into disagreement. However no formal contract is required for a wall as much as the boundary line, the neighbour simply requires not to object in writing.
- No work might start on a wall astride the border line up until all neighbouring celebrations have actually agreed in writing to the notice (or a revised notification).
See listed below concerning what occurs 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 notification requires to be served at least one month before the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations need to provide written agreement within 2 week or a disagreement is considered to have occurred.
See below regarding what occurs in case of a dispute/objection.
If a conflict arises, what takes place.
If agreement can not be reached in between neighbouring parties, the process is as follows:.
- A Surveyor or Surveyors is/are designated to figure out a fair and impartial Award, either:.
- A single ‘Agreed Surveyor’ (somebody appropriate to all parties).
- Each party appoints their own Surveyor to represent the specific parties.
The person who is carrying out the work will generally need to pay all the costs of the Surveyors, the only exception being if the neighbour calls out a Surveyor unnecessarily – in the opinion of the Surveyor. However it ought to be noted that any Surveyor must act within their statutory obligations and propose a reasonable and objective Award.
- A single ‘Agreed Surveyor’ (somebody appropriate to all parties).
- The Agreed Surveyor, or the individual Surveyors collectively, will produce an Award which needs to be fair and impartial to all celebrations.
- When an Award has been made, all celebrations have 14 days to interest a County Court versus the Award.
When you have agreement.
All work should comply with the notice once you have contract. All the arrangements must be retained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the residential or commercial property might wish to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.
- We’ve just offered a brief outline of the Party Wall Act here as it affects garden work however have a look at the Communities and Local Government website for a more detailed explanatory booklet consisting of example letters for responses and notifications.
- If a notice gets here unexpectedly, going over designated work with neighbours is free and can prevent misunderstanding which may arise.
- Your local Building Control Workplace might be able to give totally free advice regarding the Party Wall Act and how it applies to particular situations.
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