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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (periodically parti-wall or parting wall surface, likewise referred to as typical wall or as a demising wall surface) is a separating dividers in between 2 adjacent structures that is shared by the residents of each home or company. Commonly, the home builder lays the wall surface along a home line separating two terraced homes, to make sure that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s density pushes each side. This sort of wall surface is typically structural. Party wall surfaces can also be developed by two abutting wall surfaces constructed at various times. The term can be also made use of to define a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment building. Very frequently the wall in this situation is non-structural but designed to satisfy recognized standards for noise and/or fire defense, 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 construction, however it does impact the construction of border walls even if not part of buildings and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered force in 1997, so it is now law and offers you rights and obligations 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 affect any requirement for Preparation Authorization for any work undertaken. Having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into impact if somebody is planning to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just mean the wall between two semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is better to informally discuss the intended work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notice and authorization.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have a result upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. Suggestions ought to be looked for from a regional Structure Control Workplace or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned deal with a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification must be provided to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notification needs to consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

If the prepared work is a brand-new border wall up to or astride the limit line the procedure of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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


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 planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations should give written agreement within 14 days or a dispute is considered to have actually happened.

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

What takes place if a dispute emerges.

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

When you have arrangement.

Once you have contract, all work should comply with the notification. All the arrangements need to be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home may wish to develop that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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