Faulkners Surveyors As qualified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every element required to recommend upon and resolve Party Wall concerns, such as:

  • Preparing and serving legitimate Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Structure Owners Party Wall Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
  • Undertaking and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and negotiation of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are specialists and work in accordance with the policies set down by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 is law, failure to abide by this legislation might result in works being unlawful.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall surface, likewise referred to as typical wall surface or as a demising wall surface) is a separating dividers between 2 adjoining buildings that is shared by the owners of each home or service. Commonly, the building contractor lays the wall along a residential property line splitting two terraced homes, to ensure that one half of the wall surface’s density rests on each side. This sort of wall surface is typically structural. Event walls can likewise be formed by 2 abutting walls developed at various times. The term can be additionally used to describe a division between different systems within a multi-unit apartment or condo facility. Very frequently the wall in this instance is non-structural yet developed to meet well-known criteria for sound and/or fire defense, i.e. a firewall software.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden building, nevertheless it does impact the building of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and provides you rights and obligations whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with an appropriate 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 Consent for any work undertaken. Having Planning Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into impact if someone 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 information of how the Party Wall Act affects building operate in basic, have a look at this page.

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly contract instead of resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is better to informally discuss the designated work, think about the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if proper) before serving the notification.

What garden work requires a notification and authorization.

The basic principle 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 might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be alerted. If in doubt, suggestions should be looked for from a local Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

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

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

See below regarding what takes place in case of a dispute/objection.


If the planned 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 prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations should offer written arrangement within 14 days or a disagreement is considered to have happened.

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

If a dispute emerges, what takes place.

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

As soon as you have agreement.

As soon as you have contract, all work needs to adhere to the notice. All the arrangements ought to be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home might wish to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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