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What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a contract made between at least 2 neighbouring occupiers prior to the commencement of construction/building work which is to be carried out to a party boundary 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 Property surveyor to conduct a Party Wall Award and these are:

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

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

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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, however it does affect the building of border walls even if not part of structures and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and obligations 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 impact any requirement for Planning Approval for any work undertaken. Having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters result if someone is planning to do deal with a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply mean the wall in between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act impacts 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 contract instead of resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is better to informally go over the intended work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your plans (if appropriate) before serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notification and permission.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may 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, advice must be looked for from a local Structure Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notification should be provided to all impacted neighbouring parties if the planned work on a border 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 new limit wall as much as or astride the boundary line the procedure of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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


If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice needs to be served a minimum of one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must give written contract within 2 week or a dispute is deemed to have actually taken place.

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

What takes place if a dispute occurs.

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

As soon as you have contract.

All work needs to comply with the notice once you have arrangement. All the agreements should be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property might wish to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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