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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall surface, additionally called usual wall surface or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between 2 adjoining structures that is shared by the occupants of each residence or organization. Generally, the contractor lays the wall surface along a residential or commercial property line dividing 2 terraced residences, to make sure that one fifty percent of the wall’s density pushes each side. This type of wall is normally structural. Celebration walls can also be created by 2 abutting walls constructed at various times. The term can be also made use of to explain a department in between different units within a multi-unit apartment facility. Very typically the wall surface in this situation is non-structural yet developed to meet well-known criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it impacts the garden

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

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and provides you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing work on a relevant structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to border fences.

The Party Wall Act does not impact any requirement for Preparation Permission for any work undertaken. Also, having Planning Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into effect if someone is planning to do deal with an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply 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, take a look at this page.

Just like all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly agreement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is better to informally discuss the desired work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if proper) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notification and permission.

The general concept 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 need to be informed. If in doubt, recommendations needs to be looked for from a regional Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification should be released to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notice must include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a brand-new limit wall approximately or astride the limit line the process of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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


If the planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice needs to be served a minimum of one month before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should provide written contract within 14 days or a disagreement is deemed to have actually taken place.

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

What occurs if a conflict arises.

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

Once you have agreement.

All work needs to comply with the notice when you have agreement. All the agreements must be retained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property might wish to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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