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What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is an agreement made in between at least 2 neighbouring occupiers prior to the start of construction/building work which is to be carried out to a party limit or structure, or where works are being undertaken in close proximity to a party boundary or structure. There are 3 primary types of work which require a Party Wall Surveyor to perform a Party Wall Award and these are:

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

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

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 effects the garden

At first sight, it is easy to think that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building and construction, nevertheless it does affect the building and 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 gives you rights and obligations whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with an appropriate structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to border fences.

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

The Party Wall Act enters into effect if someone is preparing to do work on a pertinent structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply mean the wall in between 2 semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

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

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is constantly better to reach a friendly arrangement instead of turn to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally discuss the desired work, consider the neighbours comments, and change your strategies (if proper) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notification and approval.

The general principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an effect upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or may cause damage to the neighbouring side of the wall must be notified. If in doubt, guidance should be sought from a local Structure Control Office or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the planned work on a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice needs to be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notice needs to consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall brochure):.

If the planned work is a brand-new border wall as much as or astride the limit line the procedure 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 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 prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must give written arrangement within 14 days or a dispute is considered to have actually happened.

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

If a dispute occurs, what happens.

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

Once you have arrangement.

As soon as you have contract, all work must comply with the notice. All the arrangements should be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home may want to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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