Party Walls can be those walls which support structures or simply act as a boundary demarcation point. In the majority of cases, such walls are protected under the Party Wall Etc Act 1996 and, as a result of this any works that are undertaken on or near these structures require notification to the adjoining owners by the building owner who is intending to undertake these works.
Despite its title, the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 is not solely concerned with party walls. It regulates the relationship between neighbouring owners in the context of a number of specified types of construction work happening on, or in close proximity to, the boundary between two adjoining premises. This work will often involve a party wall but in many cases it will not.
Adherence to the Act is a legal requirement on all developers. Failure to comply with the act can result in delays to projects and additional costs.
If you wish to avoid delays, cost and penalties, then we will be happy to discuss your particular project or concern, and provide the appropriate professional support to enable you to navigate through the intricacies of the party wall legislation.
We are able to liaise with neighbours in the preparation of schedules and appropriate party wall awards. Further reading can be obtained from the Pyramus and Thisbe Club, of which individual members of Hardings Chartered Building Surveyors are members, as well as being members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.