The Faulkners Surveyors is a specialist Chartered Structure Surveying Practice that operates throughout UK. The Faulkners Surveyors undertakes all elements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and offers the following services:

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the builder lays the wall along a home line separating 2 terraced residences, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall surface is generally architectural. Event walls can likewise be created by 2 abutting walls 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 impact garden building and construction, nevertheless it does impact the building of limit walls even if not part of structures and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered force in 1997, so it is now law and provides you rights and responsibilities 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 limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Preparation Consent for any work carried out. Similarly, having Preparation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into result if somebody is preparing to do deal with a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply indicate the wall in between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

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

Similar to all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly contract rather than resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is much better to informally discuss the designated work, think about the neighbours remarks, and amend your strategies (if proper) prior to serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notice and permission.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an impact upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or may trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. If in doubt, guidance ought to be looked for from a local Building Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned deal with a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice must be released to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notification should consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

See below concerning what takes place 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 notification needs to be served at least one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties need to give written agreement within 14 days or a conflict is deemed to have actually taken place.

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

If a dispute emerges, what occurs.

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

Once you have agreement.

All work needs to comply with the notice when you have agreement. All the contracts need to be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property might want to develop that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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