Party Wall Surveying
What is the Party Wall etc Act 1996?
The Party Wall Agreement process is a legal procedure that needs to be invoked before a building owner (the person undertaking the construction works to their property) commences their proposed work.
The Party Wall Surveying Process
The Party Wall Act 1996 covers three different types of work:
- Works directly to a Party Wall
- Excavations within 3m or 6m and to a depth lower that the adjoining owner’s (the neighbour’s) foundations
- New walls built up to, or astride, the line of junction.
The Party Wall Agreement procedure is in place to ensure that both the building owner and the adjoining owner are legally protected before, during and after the works.
In order to ensure this a Party Wall Surveyor will consider the building owner’s work from the perspective of the adjoining owner’s property.
The Party Wall Surveyor will ensure the potential risk is as low as it can possibly be, while also ensuring all the logistics of the works have been considered thereby avoiding disputes between the owners.
The Party Wall Agreement process follows a strict statutory procedure which commences when the building owner serves a Party Wall Notice upon the adjoining owner.
Once a Party Wall Notice is served the adjoining owner will have three Notice response options: