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What is a Party Wall Award?

The procedure and requirements of a Party Wall Award are as set out in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. A Party Wall Award is a contract made between at least two neighbouring occupiers prior to the beginning of construction/building work which is to be carried out to a party border or structure, or where works are being carried out in close proximity to a party border or structure. There are 3 primary kinds of work which require a Party Wall Property surveyor to carry out a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (constructing a new wall on or together with a boundary).
  • Party Structure Functions (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, reconstructing, thickening and so on).
  • Surrounding Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing structure).

In London and throughout the UK, our knowledgeable business building surveyors carry out a series of expert surveying services including Party Wall Studies (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Building Surveyors we conduct Party Wall Studies by knowledgeable and expert Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the contractor lays the wall surface along a home line separating 2 terraced homes, so that one half of the wall’s thickness exists on each side. This kind of wall is normally structural. Event wall surfaces can additionally be formed by 2 abutting walls constructed at various times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is easy to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden construction, however it does affect the construction of border walls even if not part of buildings and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and obligations whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing work on an appropriate structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to border fences.

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

The Party Wall Act enters into result if someone is preparing to do deal with a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply suggest the wall in between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

For details of how the Party Wall Act affects building work in basic, take a look at this page.

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly agreement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is better to informally discuss the intended work, consider the neighbours remarks, and modify your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notice and permission.

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 might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall need to be notified. Suggestions should be sought from a local Building Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned deal with a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification needs to be issued to all affected neighbouring celebrations. The notification must include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

If the planned work is a brand-new limit wall approximately or astride the border line the process of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See below regarding 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 notice requires to be served a minimum of one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties need to offer written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is considered to have taken place.

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

If a dispute occurs, what takes place.

If contract can not be reached between neighbouring parties, the process is as follows:.

When you have contract.

Once you have agreement, all work must comply with the notification. All the agreements ought to be kept to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the residential or commercial property may want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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