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What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a contract made between at least two neighbouring occupiers prior to the beginning of construction/building work which is to be undertaken to a party limit or structure, or where works are being undertaken in close proximity to a party limit or structure. There are three primary types of work which need a Party Wall Property surveyor to perform a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (building a new wall on or together with a boundary).
  • Party Structure Works (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, rebuilding, thickening etc.).
  • Adjacent Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing structure).

In London and throughout the UK, our skilled industrial structure property surveyors perform a variety of expert surveying services including Party Wall Surveys (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Structure Surveyors we carry out Party Wall Surveys by experienced and professional Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Generally, the builder lays the wall along a residential or commercial property line splitting 2 terraced homes, so that one half of the wall surface’s thickness exists on each side. This type of wall surface is normally structural. Party wall surfaces can likewise be developed by 2 abutting wall surfaces constructed at different times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it impacts the garden

At first sight, it is simple to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden building, nevertheless it does affect the building and construction of limit 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 provides you rights and responsibilities 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 border fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Preparation Approval for any work undertaken. Having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters impact if someone is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply mean the wall in between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as gardeners are worried it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure work in general, have a look at this page.

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly agreement rather than turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is much better to informally talk about the desired work, think about the neighbours comments, and change your strategies (if appropriate) before serving the notification.

What garden work requires a notification and approval.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an effect upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. Advice should be sought from a local Building Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

A notice must be issued to all impacted neighbouring celebrations if the prepared work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notice should include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the planned work is a brand-new limit wall as much as or astride the border line the process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served at least one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations need to offer written arrangement within 2 week or a conflict is deemed to have occurred.

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

What happens if a disagreement arises.

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

As soon as you have contract.

All work should comply with the notice as soon as you have agreement. All the contracts ought to be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home might want to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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