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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.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is easy to believe 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 structures and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and offers 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 limit fences.

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

The Party Wall Act comes into result if someone is planning to do deal with a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just indicate the wall in between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

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

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly contract rather than turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally go over the desired work, consider the neighbours remarks, and modify your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and permission.

The basic concept 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 might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be alerted. If in doubt, suggestions should be sought from a regional Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notice must be released to all affected neighbouring celebrations if the planned work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification must include (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 border 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.

Excavations.

If the planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice needs to be served at least one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties need to offer written agreement within 14 days or a conflict is considered to have happened.

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

What happens if a dispute develops.

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

Once you have contract.

All work must comply with the notice when you have arrangement. All the contracts ought to be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer 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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