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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the building contractor lays the wall along a building line dividing 2 terraced homes, so that one fifty percent of the wall’s density lies on each side. This kind of wall is normally structural. Event walls can likewise be formed by two abutting wall surfaces developed 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 building and construction, nevertheless it does affect the building and construction of boundary walls even if not part of structures and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered 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 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 Permission for any work undertaken. Likewise, having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters impact if somebody is preparing to do work on an appropriate structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just indicate the wall between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is always much better to reach a friendly agreement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally go over the intended work, consider the neighbours comments, and change your strategies (if proper) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notification and consent.

The basic 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 may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. Guidance ought to be sought from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

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

If the prepared work is a brand-new boundary wall approximately or astride the border line the procedure of serving a notice 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 notice needs to be served at least one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should offer written arrangement within 14 days or a conflict is deemed to have happened.

See below concerning what occurs in the event of a dispute/objection.

What occurs if a conflict develops.

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

Once you have contract.

All work needs to comply with the notification as soon as you have arrangement. All the arrangements must be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home may want to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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