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Party Wall 1996 Act

The Party Wall Act confers rights and duties on a building owner carrying out certain works that affect adjoining property

Party Wall Act

The Party Wall Act 1996 is legislation that many property owners are unaware of and as a result fall foul of its requirements. Even more worrying is the fact that a large proportion of general builders frequently employed by a property owner are also unaware of its provisions. It is the responsibility of the Building Owner to ensure that when carrying out work to a property all the relevant provisions of the Act are complied with.

The perceived definition of a Party Wall is a wall that simply separates two properties. The Act has far greater and onerous implications than this simple interpretation.

The Act provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

The Party Wall Act confers rights and duties on a building owner carrying out certain works that affect adjoining property. A building owner proposing work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions.

If you intend to carry out building work which involves one or more of the following categories

  • Building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with neighbouring property
  • Work on an existing party wall or party structure or building against such a party wall or party structure
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building

you must establish if the work falls within the Act. If it does, you must notify all Adjoining Owners. We are able to consider your project and advise on party wall issues. Our surveyors will prepare and serve the appropriate notices and associated documentation on your behalf, agree the Party Wall Award and administer the conditions completion.

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