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What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a contract made in between at least 2 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 border or structure. There are 3 primary types of work which need a Party Wall Surveyor to perform a Party Wall Award and these are:

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

In London and across the UK, our knowledgeable business building property surveyors carry out a range of expert surveying services consisting of Party Wall Studies (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Structure Surveyors we carry out Party Wall Studies by knowledgeable and professional 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 easy to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden building, however it does impact the building and construction of border walls even if not part of structures and can also 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 limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Approval for any work carried out. Having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters effect if someone is planning to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just mean the wall in between two semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure operate in general, have a look at this page.

Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly agreement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally go over the intended work, think about the neighbours comments, and amend your strategies (if appropriate) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work requires a notification and approval.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result 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 alerted. Advice must be looked for from a regional Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

Operate in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act include:

Boundary walls

A notice needs to be issued to all affected neighbouring parties if the planned work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification needs to consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served a minimum of one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should provide written contract within 14 days or a dispute is considered to have actually happened.

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

What occurs if a disagreement occurs.

If arrangement can not be reached between neighbouring parties, the procedure is as follows:.

When you have agreement.

All work should comply with the notice when you have arrangement. All the arrangements need to be kept to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the residential or commercial property might want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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