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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 effects the garden

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

The Party Wall Act 1996 came 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 work on an appropriate structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to boundary fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Preparation Consent for any work carried out. Having Preparation Consent does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into effect if someone is planning to do deal with a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply suggest the wall between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned 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 affecting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is better to informally talk about the intended work, think about the neighbours remarks, and modify your plans (if proper) before serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notice and consent.

The general principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an impact upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall need to be alerted. If in doubt, guidance ought to be sought from a regional Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice must be provided to all impacted neighbouring parties. 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 approximately or astride the limit line the process of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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


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 before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should provide written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is considered to have taken place.

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

If a dispute develops, what takes place.

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

As soon as you have arrangement.

All work must comply with the notification when you have contract. All the agreements need to be retained to make sure 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.

Keep in mind:

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