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What is a Party Wall Award?

The process and requirements of a Party Wall Award are as set out in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. A Party Wall Award is a contract made in between a minimum of 2 neighbouring occupiers prior to the beginning of construction/building work which is to be carried out to a party border or structure, or where works are being carried out in close proximity to a party boundary or structure. There are three main types of work which need a Party Wall Property surveyor to conduct a Party Wall Award and these are:

  • Line of junction (developing a brand-new wall on or along with a border).
  • Party Structure Functions (works to an existing party wall such as cutting into, rebuilding, thickening and so on).
  • Adjacent Excavation (excavations to a lower level within either 3m or 6m of an existing building).

In London and throughout the UK, our experienced business structure surveyors perform a variety of professional surveying services consisting of Party Wall Studies (Party Wall Awards). At Commercial Structure Surveyors we conduct Party Wall Studies by knowledgeable and professional Party Wall Surveyors throughout the UK.

Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (sometimes parti-wall or parting wall surface, also referred to as typical wall or as a demising wall surface) is a separating partition in between 2 adjoining structures that is shared by the owners of each house or business. Normally, the contractor lays the wall along a residential property line separating two terraced residences, to ensure that one half of the wall’s thickness rests on each side. This sort of wall surface is usually architectural. Celebration walls can also be developed by two abutting wall surfaces built at various times. The term can be likewise used to describe a department between separate devices within a multi-unit house complicated. Extremely commonly the wall surface in this case is non-structural yet created to meet well-known criteria for sound and/or fire defense, i.e. a firewall.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building and construction, nevertheless it does affect the construction of border walls even if not part of buildings and can also applies to deep excavations.

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

The Party Wall Act enters into impact if someone is planning to do deal with a pertinent structure, for the functions of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just mean the wall between 2 semi-detached homes, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

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

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly agreement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work requires a notification to be served, it is much better to informally discuss the intended work, consider the neighbours remarks, and amend your plans (if appropriate) before serving the notification.

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 should be informed. Guidance ought to be sought from a regional Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect if in doubt.

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

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 notice must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

If the planned work is a brand-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 occurs in the event of a dispute/objection.


If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification requires to be served a minimum of one month before the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties must offer written agreement within 2 week or a conflict is deemed to have happened.

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

If a disagreement develops, what takes place.

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

When you have contract.

When you have agreement, all work should abide by the notification. All the arrangements ought to be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home might want to develop that the work was carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.


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