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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 easy to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building, however it does impact the construction of border walls even if not part of structures and can also applies to deep excavations.

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

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Consent for any work undertaken. Likewise, having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into impact if somebody is planning to do work on a relevant structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply suggest the wall in between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

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

Just like all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly contract rather than turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is better to informally talk about the intended work, consider the neighbours comments, and amend your strategies (if proper) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notice and approval.

The general concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have a result upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be alerted. Suggestions needs to be sought from a regional Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

A notification must be issued to all impacted neighbouring celebrations if the prepared work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification requires to be served at least one month before the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must offer written arrangement within 2 week or a disagreement is deemed to have actually occurred.

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

If a disagreement arises, what happens.

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

When you have agreement.

All work needs to comply with the notice as soon as you have arrangement. All the agreements must be retained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home might wish to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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