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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (sometimes parti-wall or parting wall, also known as typical wall surface or as a demising wall) is a splitting dividers in between two adjoining structures that is shared by the residents of each home or organization. Typically, the contractor lays the wall along a residential or commercial property line separating two terraced residences, so that one half of the wall surface’s density exists on each side. This sort of wall surface is typically structural. Party walls can likewise be developed by 2 abutting walls developed at various times. The term can be additionally used to describe a department between different devices within a multi-unit house facility. Extremely often the wall surface in this situation is non-structural but created to fulfill established criteria for noise and/or fire security, i.e. a firewall software.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is easy to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building and construction, nevertheless it does impact the building of border walls even if not part of structures and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered into force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing work on 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 Preparation Authorization for any work carried out. Likewise, having Preparation Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into effect if somebody is preparing to do deal with a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just suggest the wall between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as gardeners are worried it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act impacts building work in basic, have a look at this page.

Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is always much better to reach a friendly agreement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is better to informally go over the intended work, think about the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notification and consent.

The general concept 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 must be notified. If in doubt, guidance should be sought from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice needs to be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notification must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a new limit wall up to or astride the boundary line the process of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See listed below regarding what happens 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 a minimum of one month before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties must give written arrangement within 14 days or a conflict is considered to have actually occurred.

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

If a disagreement arises, what takes place.

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

When you have arrangement.

When you have contract, all work must abide by the notification. All the contracts ought to be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home might want to develop that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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