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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.
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, however it does affect the building and construction of boundary 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 offers 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 boundary fences.
The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Preparation Authorization for any work carried out. Having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.
The Party Wall Act enters into result if someone is planning to do work on an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just imply the wall in between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:
- A garden wall, where the wall is astride the border line (or butts up against it) and is used to separate the properties however is not part of any structure.
- Excavation near to a neighbouring residential or commercial property.
For details of how the Party Wall Act affects structure operate in general, have a look at this page.
Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much 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 discuss the desired work, consider the neighbours remarks, and modify your plans (if appropriate) before serving the notification.
What garden work needs a notification and authorization.
The general principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might 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 must be alerted. Recommendations needs to be looked for from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.
Work in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act include:
- To destroy and/or rebuild/build a party border wall.
- To increase the height or density of a party border wall.
- Excavations within 3 metres of a neighbouring building where the excavation will go below the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
- Excavations within 6 metres of a neighbouring structure where the excavation will go listed below a line drawn 45 ° downwards from the bottom of the foundations of the neighbouring structure.
A notice needs to be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties if the planned work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.
- The owners of the home carrying out the work.
- The address of the residential or commercial property.
- A complete description of the proposed work (this will typically be just a single sentence outlining the work).
- The proposed start date for the work.
- A clear statement that the notice is being served under The Party Wall etc Act 1996.
- The date the notification is being served.
- If the work includes excavations, a drawing showing the depth, position etc
If the planned work is a brand-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:.
- The individual planning to carry out the work should serve a composed notice a minimum of one months prior to the intended start of the work to every neighbouring party providing details of the work to be carried out.
- Each neighbouring party needs to respond in composing providing consent or signing up dissent – if a neighbouring party does nothing within 2 week of receiving the notification, the impact is to put the notice into conflict. No official agreement is required for a wall up to the boundary line, the neighbour just requires not to object in writing.
- No work might start on a wall astride the limit line till all neighbouring celebrations have actually agreed in writing to the notice (or a revised notification).
See below concerning what takes place 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 prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties need to give written arrangement within 14 days or a dispute is considered to have occurred.
See listed below concerning what occurs in case of a dispute/objection.
If a dispute arises, what occurs.
If agreement can not be reached in between neighbouring parties, the procedure is as follows:.
- A Surveyor or Surveyors is/are appointed to determine a impartial and reasonable Award, either:.
- A single ‘Agreed Surveyor’ (someone appropriate to all parties).
- Each party selects their own Surveyor to represent the individual celebrations.
The individual who is performing the work will normally need to pay all the expenses of the Surveyors, the only exception being if the neighbour calls out a Surveyor needlessly – in the viewpoint of the Surveyor. It ought to be kept in mind that any Property surveyor should act within their statutory duties and propose a objective and fair Award.
- A single ‘Agreed Surveyor’ (someone appropriate to all parties).
- The Agreed Surveyor, or the specific Surveyors jointly, will produce an Award which needs to be reasonable and objective to all celebrations.
- As soon as an Award has actually been made, all celebrations have 14 days to attract a County Court versus the Award.
When you have arrangement.
All work should comply with the notice as soon as you have contract. All the agreements must be kept to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the residential or commercial property may wish to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.
- We’ve only provided a quick summary of the Party Wall Act here as it affects garden work however have a look at the Communities and Local Government site for a more extensive explanatory brochure including example letters for notifications and actions.
- If a notification shows up unexpectedly, talking about designated work with neighbours is free and can prevent misconception which might emerge.
- Your local Building Control Office might have the ability to give totally free recommendations relating to the Party Wall Act and how it applies to particular situations.
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