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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 building, 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 entered 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 a pertinent 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 Planning Consent for any work carried out. Similarly, having Preparation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act comes into result if somebody is preparing to do work on a relevant structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not just mean the wall in between two semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are worried it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act affects building operate in general, have a look at this page.

As with all work affecting neighbours, it is always better to reach a friendly contract rather than resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally talk about the desired work, think about the neighbours remarks, and modify your plans (if appropriate) prior to serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notice and permission.

The basic concept of the Party Wall Act is that all work which may have an impact upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be informed. If in doubt, recommendations should be looked for from a regional Structure Control Workplace or professional surveyor/architect.

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

Boundary walls

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

If the planned work is a new boundary wall approximately or astride the border line the process of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

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

Excavations.

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

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

If a dispute arises, what takes place.

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

When you have contract.

All work should comply with the notification when you have arrangement. All the agreements should be retained to make sure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent purchaser of the home may want to develop that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

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