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What is a Party Wall Award?

The procedure and requirements of a Party Wall Award are as set out in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. A Party Wall Award is an arrangement made in between at least two neighbouring occupiers prior to the commencement of construction/building work which is to be carried out to a party border or structure, or where works are being undertaken in close proximity to a party border or structure. There are three main types of work which need a Party Wall Surveyor to carry out a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (developing a new wall on or along with a border).
  • Party Structure Functions (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, restoring, thickening and so on).
  • Adjacent Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing building).

In London and across the UK, our skilled commercial structure surveyors carry out a variety of expert surveying services consisting of Party Wall Surveys (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Structure Surveyors we conduct Party Wall Studies by knowledgeable and professional Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also known as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is usually structural. Party walls can also be formed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be also used to describe a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment complex. Very often the wall in this case is non-structural but designed to meet established criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

Party Wall act

How The Party Wall and so on.

In simplified terms, the Party Wall etc. If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no hassle or, posture no risk of damage to their home, the Adjoining Owners only need to confirm, in writing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. The 2nd phase would only be activated if the Adjacent Owners had any issues relating to the Structure Owners’ propositions or chose to neglect the Notification served by the Building Owners.
A conflict would then be considered to have developed and, the framework offered by the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “disagreement” having emerged, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to designate a Party Wall Property surveyor to continue with resolving the conflict.
Prior to any disagreement occurring, Structure Owners and Adjoining Owners do not necessarily require the services of a Party Wall Surveyor. The Party Wall Business are typically commissioned to supply advice on the Act and to serve the pertinent Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are lawfully valid.

What is a Party Wall Notice?

Structure Owners planning to bring out any of the works specified within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 have a legal obligation to serve written Notice on any Adjacent Owner who might be impacted by the Structure Owners proposed works.
Mr Herman desired to repair the Party Fence Wall that divided the two gardens and served a Notification on Mr and Mrs Lehmann. As Mr Herman just served the Notice in his name, Mr and Mrs Lehmann declined to accept the Notification as being valid and argued that as both Mr and Mrs Herman would be related to as Structure Owners under the Act, Mrs Herman should likewise be consisted of on the Notification.

What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legally binding document between Structure Owners and Adjacent Owners, which has been agreed by the selected surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. A Set up of Condition study of the Adjoining Owners residential or commercial property, although not a particular requirement of the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996, is traditional and forms a reference file within the Award.

I Currently Have Preparation Approval And/ Or Structure Control Approval. Do I Still Required To Follow The Party Wall Act?

If your prepared works would be considered notifiable under the Party Wall Act then yes, you would have to follow the procedures set out within the Act. No Local Authority authorization or approval would get rid of the legal obligation to serve a Party Wall Notice upon your neighbour( s).

Does The Party Wall Act Cover Garden Fences?

The Act does cover “Party Fence Walls” which are deemed to be a wall of solid structure that sits astride a limit and not becoming part of a building. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls. Lumber fencing, precast concrete posts with infill panel fencing, etc would not be considered to be a Party Fence Wall, whether astride a limit or not.

If the Adjoining Owners are satisfied that the Building Owners’ proposed works will be of no trouble or, posture no hazard of damage to their property, the Adjoining Owners just require to verify, in composing, that they consent to the works and the Party Wall and so on. At the point of a “dispute” having arisen, both the Building Owners and the Adjoining Owners have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to continue with resolving the conflict. The Party Wall Company are frequently commissioned to offer advice on the Act and to serve the appropriate Party Wall Notices, guaranteeing they are legally legitimate. A Party Wall Award is a lawfully binding document between Building Owners and Adjoining Owners, which has been agreed by the selected property surveyor( s), authorising the execution of structure work in accordance with the Act. Any works to such walls that would be deemed notifiable under the Party Wall Act would also apply to Party Fence Walls.

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