Faulkners Surveyors As certified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every aspect needed to encourage upon and resolve Party Wall issues, such as:

  • Preparing and serving valid Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Structure Owners Party Wall Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
  • Undertaking and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and settlement of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and operate in accordance with the policies set down by the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act and so on 1996 is law, failure to abide by this legislation might lead to works being illegal.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the home builder lays the wall surface along a building line separating 2 terraced residences, so that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s density exists on each side. This kind of wall is generally architectural. Event walls can additionally be developed by two abutting wall surfaces developed at various 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 affect garden building and construction, 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 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a relevant 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 Planning Authorization for any work carried out. Similarly, having Preparation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters result if someone is preparing to do deal with a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply suggest the wall in between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

Just like all work impacting neighbours, it is always much better to reach a friendly arrangement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is better to informally talk about the intended work, think about the neighbours remarks, and modify your plans (if suitable) before serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notification and permission.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have an effect upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be informed. If in doubt, guidance should be looked for from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notification needs to be released to all impacted neighbouring celebrations if the prepared work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification should consist of (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 border line the procedure of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice requires to be served at least one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should offer written contract within 2 week or a disagreement is deemed to have actually occurred.

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

If a dispute develops, what happens.

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

Once you have agreement.

All work should comply with the notification when you have arrangement. All the arrangements ought to be maintained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property might want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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