Party Wall Matters
For any construction project or refurbishment proposals involving building works to a Party Wall or structure or an excavation near to a neighbouring property, the regulations set out in the Party Wall etc Act 1996 will become applicable.
This law is intended to help prevent disputes arising between owners of neighbouring properties, arising from certain works of repair, extension or demolition.
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Do you intend to carry out building work which involves one of the following categories?:
– Work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property
– Building a freestanding wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property
– Excavating near a neighbouring building
If so, you must find out whether the work falls under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. 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 and to avoid financial penalties or delays to the work.
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