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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

Typically, the builder lays the wall surface along a residential or commercial property line separating 2 terraced houses, so that one fifty percent of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This kind of wall is normally structural. Celebration walls can likewise be formed by 2 abutting wall surfaces constructed at different times.

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

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered into force in 1997, so it is now law and provides 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 affect any requirement for Preparation Permission for any work carried out. Similarly, having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters into impact if somebody is preparing to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just suggest the wall between 2 semi-detached properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

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

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

What garden work requires a notice and authorization.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have an effect upon the structural strength or assistance function of the party wall or might cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall need to be notified. Suggestions should be sought from a regional Structure Control Workplace or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared deal with a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notification should be provided to all affected neighbouring celebrations. The notification needs to include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

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

See below concerning 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 notice needs to be served a minimum of one month before the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties need to provide written arrangement within 2 week or a dispute is considered to have taken place.

See listed below regarding what takes place in the event of a dispute/objection.

What takes place if a disagreement develops.

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

When you have contract.

When you have agreement, all work needs to abide by the notification. All the agreements should be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the property may wish to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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