If you’re planning to undertake construction work on a shared boundary with your neighbour, you might need a party wall agreement.
It’s a legal document that outlines the responsibilities and rights of both parties involved in the construction process.
A party wall agreement, also known as a party wall award, is a legal agreement between two or more property owners who share a boundary, such as a wall or fence. The agreement sets out the rights and responsibilities of each party in relation to any building work that could potentially affect the shared structure.
A party wall agreement is required for any building work that could potentially affect a shared structure in Doncaster, such as:
In some cases, even minor work such as drilling into a shared wall may require a party wall agreement.
There are several advantages to having a party wall agreement in place, including:
If you’re planning on carrying out building work that requires a party wall agreement in Doncaster, there are several steps you’ll need to take:
Serve notice to your neighbour(s) at least two months before starting any work. The notice should include details of the proposed work, as well as a request for a party wall agreement.
Your neighbor(s) will have 14 days to respond to the notice. If they agree to the proposed work, you can proceed with the building work.
If your neighbor(s) do not agree to the proposed work, or if they do not respond within 14 days, a dispute will arise. You can appoint a surveyor to draw up a party wall agreement, or your neighbor(s) can appoint their own surveyor. If both parties cannot agree on a surveyor, a third surveyor can be appointed to act as a neutral party.
A party wall agreement may seem like an unnecessary legal requirement, but it can help to prevent disputes and ensure that all parties are aware of the potential impact of building work. If you’re planning on carrying out any work that could potentially affect a shared structure, it’s important to seek advice from a qualified surveyor and obtain a party wall agreement before starting any work.
At Faulkners Doncaster, we have a team of experienced surveyors who can provide expert advice and assistance with party wall agreements. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your building project.