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The existing legislation handling party walls and associated matters is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which governs the rights and commitments of those proposing work to party walls/structures, and/or underpinning thereof, surrounding excavations and/or foundations (including piled structures).

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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 simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not impact garden construction, however it does impact the construction of border walls even if not part of structures and can also applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered force in 1997, so it is now law and offers you rights and responsibilities 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 limit fences.

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

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

For details of how the Party Wall Act impacts structure work in general, have a look at this page.

As with all work impacting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly arrangement instead of resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notification to be served, it is much better to informally go over the desired work, think about the neighbours remarks, and modify your strategies (if suitable) before serving the notification.

What garden work needs a notice and authorization.

The general principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have a result 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, suggestions needs to be sought from a local Structure Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

If the prepared deal with a boundary wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice should be issued to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notice must consist of (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

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

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


If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notice requires to be served a minimum of one month prior to the prepared start day of the work. Neighbouring parties must provide written contract within 2 week or a conflict is considered to have actually taken place.

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

What happens if a conflict emerges.

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

When you have agreement.

Once you have arrangement, all work needs to comply with the notice. All the contracts must be retained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home may wish to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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