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The Party Wall etc. Act 1996                             

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Introductory Information

 

The act covers both England and Wales and does not apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland. The Act has been present since 1st of July 1997.

 

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The Act provides a basis for averting or resolving disputes in relation to party walls, party structures, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

 

Everyone with the intention to complete work (anywhere in England and Wales) of the kinds described in the Act must give Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions. The Act applies even to Crown, Government and Local Authority owned property.

 

Where the proposed work is to an existing party wall (section 2 of the Act) a notice must be given even where the work will not extend beyond the centre line of a party wall. 

 

Note: A party wall may not necessarily have a boundary running through its centre line for the whole of its length but for only part of its length.

 

It is often helpful in understanding the principles of the Act if owners think of themselves as joint owners of the whole of a party wall rather than the sole owner of half or part of it.

 

Adjoining Owners can agree with the Building Owner's proposals or reach agreement with the Building Owner on changes in the way the works are to be carried out, in their timing and manner. Where a dispute arises in relation to a new party wall or party fence wall under section 1, and where there is no written consent by the Adjoining Owner within fourteen days to a notice served in relation to an existing structure under section 2 or an excavation under section 6, the Act provides for the matter to be resolved by a surveyor or surveyors in a procedure for the resolution of disputes explained in paragraph 12 of this website.

 

 What does the Act cover?

  • Various work that is going to be carried out directly to an existing party wall or party structure.  New building at or astride the boundary line between properties.
  • Excavation within 3 or 6 metres of a neighbouring building(s) or structure(s), depending on the depth of the excavation or proposed foundations.
  • Work may fall within more than one of the above categories and involve different types of buildings and structures for example, houses, garages and office buildings.

If you are not sure whether the Act applies to the work that you are planning, you may wish to seek professional advice.

 

What is a Party Wall?

 

The Act recognises two main types of party wall.

 

Party wall type A:

 

A wall is a "party wall" if it stands astride the boundary of land belonging to two (or more) different owners.

 

Such a wall:

  • is part of one building 
  • or separates two (or more) buildings 
  • or consists of a "party fence wall" 

 

A wall is a "party fence wall" if it is not part of a building, and stands astride the boundary

line between lands of different owners and is used to separate those lands (for example a masonry garden wall). This does not include such things as wooden fences or hedges.

 

Party wall type B:

 

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 separate their buildings. 

 

An example would be where one person has built the wall in the first place, and another has built their building up against it without constructing their own wall.

 

Only the part of the wall that does the separating is "party" - sections on either side or above are not "party".

 

The Act also uses the expression "party structure". This is a wider term, which could be a wall or floor partition or other structure separating buildings or parts of buildings approached by separate staircases or entrances for example flats. 

 

Walls that are not Party Walls:

 

These may include boundary walls (a fence wall/garden wall built wholly on one owner’s land) and external walls (the wall of a building built up to but not astride the boundary).

 

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