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What is a Party Wall Award?

The process and requirements of a Party Wall Award are as set out in the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996. A Party Wall Award is a contract made between a minimum of two neighbouring occupiers prior to the commencement of construction/building work which is to be undertaken to a party border or structure, or where works are being undertaken in close proximity to a party limit or structure. There are 3 primary kinds of work which require a Party Wall Surveyor to conduct a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (constructing a brand-new wall on or along with a limit).
  • Party Structure Works (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, rebuilding, thickening and so on).
  • Adjacent Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing structure).

In London and throughout the UK, our experienced commercial building surveyors perform a range of expert surveying services including Party Wall Studies (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Structure Surveyors we perform Party Wall Studies by knowledgeable and expert Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

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 impacts the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building, nevertheless it does impact the building 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 provides you rights and duties whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a pertinent structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Permission for any work undertaken. Likewise, having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into impact if somebody is preparing to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply imply the wall in between two semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

For details of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure work in general, take a look at this page.

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly contract instead of resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally go over the intended work, think about the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if proper) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs 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 support function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be notified. If in doubt, guidance ought to be sought from a local Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared deal with a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification should be provided to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notice needs to consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a new limit wall as much as or astride the limit line the procedure of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See listed below concerning what takes place in the event of a dispute/objection.

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification requires to be served at least one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations need to provide written arrangement within 14 days or a dispute is considered to have actually occurred.

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

If a disagreement develops, what takes place.

If arrangement can not be reached in between neighbouring celebrations, the process is as follows:.

Once you have arrangement.

All work should comply with the notification once you have contract. All the contracts ought to be kept to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home may want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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