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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 impacts the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact 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 offers you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing work on a pertinent structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not impact any requirement for Planning Permission for any work carried out. Having Preparation Consent does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into impact if someone is preparing to do deal with an appropriate structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just indicate the wall in between two semi-detached homes, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

Similar to all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly agreement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally discuss the designated work, think about the neighbours remarks, and modify your strategies (if proper) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and authorization.

The basic concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be alerted. If in doubt, advice should be sought from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification must be provided to all affected neighbouring parties. The notification must include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the planned work is a new border wall as much as or astride the limit line the procedure of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See 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 needs to be served a minimum of one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations should offer written arrangement within 14 days or a disagreement is deemed to have actually happened.

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

What occurs if a conflict develops.

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

Once you have agreement.

Once you have arrangement, all work should adhere to the notification. All the contracts must be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the property may wish to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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