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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Usually, the builder lays the wall surface along a property line splitting 2 terraced residences, so that one half of the wall surface’s density lies on each side. This kind of wall surface is typically structural. Event wall surfaces can also be created by 2 abutting walls built at various times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it impacts the garden

At first sight, it is easy to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden building and construction, nevertheless it does impact the building of boundary walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise 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 impact any requirement for Preparation Authorization for any work undertaken. Similarly, having Planning Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into result if someone is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply indicate the wall between two semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as gardeners are worried it covers:

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

Just like all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly agreement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is much better to informally go over the intended work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your plans (if appropriate) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work requires a notice and permission.

The general principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be informed. If in doubt, advice ought to be looked for from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notice must be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties if the prepared work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice needs to include (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 limit line the procedure of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See below regarding what takes place 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 requires to be served a minimum of one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should give written arrangement within 14 days or a dispute is deemed to have actually happened.

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

What happens if a dispute emerges.

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

As soon as you have arrangement.

Once you have contract, all work must abide by the notification. All the agreements ought to be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property may wish to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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