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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (sometimes parti-wall or parting wall, also referred to as usual wall surface or as a demising wall surface) is a separating partition between 2 adjoining structures that is shared by the residents of each home or company. Normally, the home builder lays the wall along a property line splitting 2 terraced residences, to ensure that one fifty percent of the wall’s density lies on each side. This kind of wall is normally structural. Celebration wall surfaces can additionally be created by 2 abutting walls developed at various times. The term can be additionally made use of to explain a division in between separate systems within a multi-unit house facility. Extremely frequently the wall in this case is non-structural but developed to satisfy well-known requirements for sound 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 easy to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden construction, however it does affect the construction of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered 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 an appropriate 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 Planning Authorization for any work carried out. Having Preparation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters impact if somebody is planning to do work on an appropriate structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply indicate the wall between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as gardeners are concerned it covers:

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

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly arrangement rather than turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally go over the designated work, consider the neighbours comments, and modify your strategies (if suitable) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and authorization.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might 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 need to be informed. Suggestions must be looked for from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

A notice needs to be released to all affected neighbouring parties if the planned work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification 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 process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See listed below regarding what happens 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 requires to be served a minimum of one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should offer written arrangement within 14 days or a dispute is deemed to have occurred.

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

If a dispute occurs, what happens.

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

As soon as you have contract.

All work needs to comply with the notice when you have contract. All the agreements need to be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property might want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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