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The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.
A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed. Where they disagree, the Act provides a mechanism for resolving disputes. The Act is separate from obtaining planning permission or building regulations approval.
Alpine Surveys Surveyors are experienced in undertaking Party Wall Surveys, in order to gain an understanding of what is required, and in order to produce a report with recommendations on undertaking the necessary works, whilst fulfilling the Act.
- Party wall deterioration assessments
- Party wall renovation/building works advised
- Assessment and reporting on neighbouring properties works
- Detailed reports and recommendations suitable for all purposes
Our Surveyor will explain the process that should be followed, and will provide links to obtain the correct Notice Letter that you should produce.
What Is A Party Wall?
The main types of party walls are:
- A wall that stands on the lands of 2 (or more) owners and forms part of a building - this wall can be part of one building only or separate buildings belonging to different owners
- A wall that stands on the lands of 2 owners but does not form part of a building, such as a garden wall but not including timber fences
- A wall that is on one owner’s land but is used by 2 (or more) owners to separate their buildings
The Act also uses the expression ‘party structure’. This could be a wall or floor partition or other structure separating buildings or parts of buildings in different ownership, such as in flats.
What The Act Covers
The Act covers:
- New building on or at the boundary of 2 properties
- Work to an existing party wall or party structure
- Excavation near to and below the foundation level of neighbouring buildings
This may include:
- Building a new wall on or at the boundary of 2 properties
- Cutting into a party wall
- Making a party wall taller, shorter or deeper
- Removing chimney breasts from a party wall
- Knocking down and rebuilding a party wall
- Digging below the foundation level of a neighbour’s property