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Party Wall etc Act 1996

If you are digging within 3m of a neighours building, working on a party wall or building upto or on a boundary the work is likley to fall under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

We are party wall surveyors and cover London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent from our offices in Brighton and London.

If you are undertaking a building project or have been served with a notice please contact us for a free no obligation chat.

We offer free informal advice if you require any information or guidance please contact us on 01273 386775 or email info@lhsurveying.co.uk

If you would like to read more about the Act some further information is provided below or on our FAQs and fact sheets.

Overview of the Party Wall ect Act 1996

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 is an act of parliament which is intended to act as safeguard for both parties when works are being carried out to Party Walls.

Compliance with the Act is a legal requirement. The failure by a Building Owner to follow the correct procedures may result in legal action being taken against them, thus incurring financial penalties and delays.

Accordingly, it is important to obtain seek the advice of an expert party wall surveyor as early as possible in the design phase to ensure that the requirements of the Act are complied with.

This is a complex area and we are happy to offer free informal advice and support.  Please either telephone one of our Surveyors on 01273 386775 or email

If you intend to carrying out building work which involves one of the following categories

  • Work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property
  • Building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building

Then you must find out whether the work falls under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. If it does, you must correctly notify all affected neighbours to avoid the risk of legal action being taken against you.

Alternatively if you have received a notification then you must respond correctly to avoid prejudicing your position.

Under the Act, notice must be served and if agreement cannot be reached, surveyors may be appointed. Under the Party Wall Act, we are able to offer detailed advice and assistance on all complex Party Wall issues.

If you have been served with a Party Wall Notice or if you are contemplating works which may affect a Party Wall, please contact us for free, no obligation advice.

Please note we cover the UK and are able to help with all Party Wall issues.

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