Party Wall

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 developers have a duty to obtain consent from Adjoining Owners for certain types of construction work. We will help clients to serve the relevant notices and are experienced in agreeing and publishing Party Wall Awards.

Party Walls

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 developers have a duty to obtain consent from Adjoining Owners for certain types of construction work. We will help clients to serve the relevant notices and are experienced in agreeing and publishing Party Wall Awards.

What is a Party Wall?

A party wall is a wall that stands astride the boundary of land belonging to two or more owners. Party Walls can form part of a building, sperates two or more buildings or consists of a party fence wall. A wall is also a party wall if it stands wholly on one owner’s land but is used by two or more owners to seperate their buildings.

For more details on Party Walls, read this blog post.

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Can we help you with Party Walls?

Key features you should know about Party Walls

If you are planning on building up to, or close to, your neighbour’s building, you will need to follow a statutory process set out in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Act covers all projects, whether residential or commercial. If you think this might affect your project, our surveyors will be pleased to review your plans free of charge to confirm whether your works are covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

The process starts with formal service of notice, either one or two months prior to commencing construction work, depending on the nature of work. In some instances, if your neighbours respond positively to these notices, that is all that is required and your construction work can proceed. We are able to guide you through the process and can prepare photographic schedules of condition and Party Wall Awards as required, acting either as Agreed Surveyor, or representing the ‘wall’ on behalf of either the Building Owner or Adjoining Owner.

Our team of Party Wall surveyors, led by Faye Williams, who is a Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, will be able to assist you in complying with the requirements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. We will always work closely with you to implement strategies to protect both yours and your neighbour’s interests in a pragmatic and intelligent manner, ensuring compliance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 while not resorting to a full Party Wall Award as a default.

If you are planning on building up to, or close to, your neighbour’s building, you will need to follow a statutory process set out in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Act covers all projects, whether residential or commercial. If you think this might affect your project, our surveyors will be pleased to review your plans free of charge to confirm whether your works are covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

The process starts with formal service of notice, either one or two months prior to commencing construction work, depending on the nature of work. In some instances, if your neighbours respond positively to these notices, that is all that is required and your construction work can proceed. We are able to guide you through the process and can prepare photographic schedules of condition and Party Wall Awards as required, acting either as Agreed Surveyor, or representing the ‘wall’ on behalf of either the Building Owner or Adjoining Owner.

Our team of Party Wall surveyors, led by Faye Williams, who is a Member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, will be able to assist you in complying with the requirements of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. We will always work closely with you to implement strategies to protect both yours and your neighbour’s interests in a pragmatic and intelligent manner, ensuring compliance with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 while not resorting to a full Party Wall Award as a default.

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