Faulkners Surveyors As certified and experienced Party Wall Surveyors we specialise in all Party Wall matters.
We cover every aspect necessary to advise upon and solve Party Wall concerns, such as:

  • Preparing and serving legitimate Party Wall Notices
  • Acting as the Building Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Adjoining Owners Party Wall Property Surveyor
  • Acting as the Agreed Party Wall Surveyor
  • Carrying out and preparing Schedules of Condition
  • Preparation and settlement of Party Wall Awards

All our Party Wall Surveyors are professionals and work in accordance with the guidelines set down by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

The Party Wall Act and so on 1996 is law, failure to abide by this legislation might result in works being unlawful.

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 think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden construction, nevertheless 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 gives you rights and obligations 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 affect any requirement for Preparation Permission for any work carried out. Also, having Preparation Permission does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters result if someone is planning to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just indicate the wall between two 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.

Just like all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly agreement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is much better to informally go over the intended work, think about the neighbours comments, and modify your plans (if proper) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and approval.

The general concept 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 might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be alerted. If in doubt, recommendations ought to be looked for from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

A notification must be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties if the planned work on a border wall falls under the Party Wall Act. The notification should consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the planned work is a brand-new boundary 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 concerning what takes place in the event of a dispute/objection.

Excavations.

If the planned work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice needs to be served at least one month before the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must provide written contract within 2 week or a disagreement is deemed to have actually taken place.

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

What happens if a disagreement arises.

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

As soon as you have contract.

Once you have contract, all work must comply with the notification. All the contracts must be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the residential or commercial property may want to establish that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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