Party Wall Etc. Act 1996
The Act came into force on the 1st July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. It does not apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The purpose of the Act is to put a framework in place in which issues over party wall matters can be resolved without expensive legal action between neighbours. It is written to assist building owners to accomplish their proposed work and at the same time give protection to the adjoining owners (neighbours) insofar as they may be affected. The Act is applicable in the following simplified situations:
1. Building on a ‘line of junction’ (ie boundary) that is not already built upon.
2. Undertaking various works to an existing party wall or a boundary wall.
3. Excavating within certain distances of the adjoining property.
Party Wall Surveyor
We are highly experienced party wall surveyors and indeed have been undertaking party wall work since 1996 when the Act first came in to force.
We regularly act for both building owners and adjoining owners and perhaps the most important single piece of advice that we can offer is to speak to us right at the beginning about your, or your neighbour’s, proposals, and we can determine whether the Act does apply and to what aspects of the proposed works. We can then advise on what course of action needs to be undertaken to comply with the Act and well as answering any questions which you may have.
Once appointed we will ensure compliance with the Act and always with the emphasis on resolution rather than dispute.