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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also recognized as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between 2 adjacent structures that is shared by the occupants of each home or company. Typically, the home builder lays the wall surface along a residential property line dividing 2 terraced homes, so that one half of the wall’s thickness pushes each side. This type of wall is normally structural. Party wall surfaces can likewise be developed by two abutting walls constructed at different times. The term can be also made use of to define a division between different devices within a multi-unit home facility. Really usually the wall in this case is non-structural however made to fulfill well-known requirements for audio and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall program.

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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, nevertheless it does impact 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 entered into 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 an appropriate 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. Having Planning Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into impact if somebody is planning to do deal with an appropriate structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just imply the wall in between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as gardeners are worried it covers:

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

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly agreement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is much better to informally talk about the designated work, think about the neighbours comments, and amend your plans (if appropriate) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notification and authorization.

The basic concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have an impact upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. If in doubt, suggestions needs to be looked for from a local Building Control Workplace or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notice must be provided to all affected neighbouring parties if the prepared work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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


If the prepared 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 before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations should offer written arrangement within 14 days or a disagreement is deemed to have actually occurred.

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

What occurs if a dispute arises.

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

When you have contract.

All work needs to comply with the notice as soon as you have arrangement. All the contracts should be kept to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the residential or commercial property might want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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