Faulkners Surveyors As certified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every element required to encourage upon and fix Party Wall concerns, such as:

  • Preparing and serving valid Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Building Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
  • Undertaking and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and negotiation of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are specialists and operate in accordance with the policies set down by the Professors of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 is law, failure to comply with this legislation might result in works being illegal.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall surface, likewise called typical wall or as a demising wall surface) is a dividing dividers in between two adjacent structures that is shared by the passengers of each house or service. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a residential or commercial property line dividing 2 terraced residences, to make sure that one half of the wall’s density pushes each side. This sort of wall is normally structural. Event walls can likewise be created by 2 abutting wall surfaces developed at various times. The term can be also used to explain a division between different units within a multi-unit apartment building. Very commonly the wall surface in this instance is non-structural but developed to meet recognized requirements for audio and/or fire security, i.e. a firewall software.

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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 impact garden building and construction, however it does affect the construction of limit walls even if not part of buildings and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, so it is now law and offers you rights and obligations whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a relevant 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 Consent for any work undertaken. Similarly, having Planning Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters effect if somebody is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply mean the wall between two semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

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

Just like all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly contract instead of turn to any law. Even where the work requires a notice to be served, it is better to informally talk about the desired work, think about the neighbours comments, and change your plans (if proper) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work requires a notification and permission.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result 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 alerted. Suggestions needs to be sought from a local Structure Control Office or expert surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice should be provided to all impacted neighbouring celebrations. The notification must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a new border wall as much as or astride the boundary line the process of serving a notification under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See below regarding what occurs 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 requires to be served at least one month before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring parties should provide written agreement within 2 week or a disagreement is considered to have actually happened.

See below concerning what takes place in case of a dispute/objection.

If a disagreement occurs, what happens.

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

As soon as you have agreement.

As soon as you have arrangement, all work must abide by the notification. All the contracts must be maintained to guarantee that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property might wish to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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