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What is a Party Wall Award?

The procedure and requirements of a Party Wall Award are as set out in the Party Wall and so on. Act 1996. A Party Wall Award is an arrangement made in between at least 2 neighbouring occupiers prior to the beginning of construction/building work which is to be carried out to a party limit or structure, or where works are being carried out in close proximity to a party limit or structure. There are 3 main kinds of work which require a Party Wall Surveyor to conduct a Party Wall Award and these are:

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

In London and throughout the UK, our experienced industrial building surveyors carry out a series of expert surveying services consisting of Party Wall Surveys (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Building Surveyors we perform Party Wall Studies by skilled and professional Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Commonly, the builder lays the wall surface along a residential property line separating 2 terraced houses, so that one fifty percent of the wall surface’s density exists on each side. This type of wall is typically structural. Party wall surfaces can likewise be formed by two abutting wall surfaces developed at different times.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building, nevertheless it does affect the building of border 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 offers you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with 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 Approval for any work undertaken. Having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into result if somebody is planning to do deal with an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply indicate the wall in between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried 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 affecting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly agreement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is better to informally go over the intended work, think about the neighbours remarks, and change your strategies (if appropriate) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and permission.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an impact upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall need to be notified. Suggestions must be looked for from a local Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared deal with a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification needs to be issued to all affected neighbouring celebrations. The notice needs to consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a new border wall approximately 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 planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served a minimum of one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties must offer written arrangement within 2 week or a dispute is considered to have happened.

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

If a dispute develops, what occurs.

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

Once you have arrangement.

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


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