Party Wall Surveyors
What is a Party Wall Surveyor?
This informative Party Wall video discusses the role of a Party Wall Surveyor, the different type of Party Wall Surveyor appointments that exist and when they apply.
Party Wall Surveyors undertake numerous different roles through the process of agreeing a Party Wall Award
In agreeing a Party Wall Award a Party Wall Surveyor’s role will be defined by the building owner’s Party Wall construction works and respective properties. However, commonly these may include:
- Reviewing all of the building owner’s construction plans, structural designs, and drawings. In particular, these will be reviewed from the perspective of the adjoining owner’s property.
- Visiting the adjoining owner’s property in advance of the Party Wall construction works commencing to undertake a photographic and detailed written Schedule of Condition Report. This thorough report then acts as a record in the event of damage or issue.
- Putting in place any protection statements covering the adjoining owner’s property. The building owner’s contractor or workmen will then be duty-bound to adhere to these during the course of the Party Wall works.
- Dealing with issues such as the contractor’s working hours, noisy works, access, and nuisance. These will all be considered in advance of the building owner’s work commencing.
- Agreeing a Party Wall Award, which is a legal document protecting the adjoining owner’s property against any damage caused to their property as a result of the building owner’s Party Wall works. A Party Wall Award is commonly also referred to as a Party Wall Agreement.
- Visiting the adjoining owner’s property before, during and after the construction works to ensure the protective clauses of the Party Wall Award are being adhered to, while also ensuring the adjoining owner’s property is fully protected.
Typical Party Wall Surveyor Questions
What do I need to do to start the Party Wall Surveying procedures?
The Party Wall Surveying procedures start with the service of a Party Wall Notice. This Notice will need to be served a minimum of 2 months in advance of the proposed construction works commencing, however, here at Berry Lodge, we would advise serving the Party Wall Notices as soon as possible.
Party Wall Notices can be served directly by the Building Owner upon the Adjoining Owner, however, we would recommend a Party Wall Surveyor serves them as that will ensure legal validity and avoid delay further down the line.
Who pays for the Party Wall Surveyor?
In all normal circumstances, it will be the Building Owner who pays for the Party Wall Surveyor’s reasonable fees.
However, there are certain scenarios where the Party Wall Surveyor’s or Surveyors’ costs may be apportioned between the Building Owner or the Adjoining Owner.
We would advise discussing fees with your Party Wall Surveyor in advance of instruction to ensure that you are fully informed.
Here at Berry Lodge, all of our Party Wall Surveying costs are fixed.
How much do the Party Wall Surveying procedures cost?
The Party Wall Surveying costs and Surveyor’s fees will very much depend on the types of construction works that are taking place and the types of property the work is being undertaken on.
Here at Berry Lodge Surveyors, all of our Building Owner Party Wall Surveyor and Agreed Party Wall Surveyor jobs are competitively priced and at a fixed cost.
If you would like to find out a little more about our costs, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise.
How long do the Party Wall Surveying procedures take?
The Party Wall Surveying Procedures and timings can vary depending upon a number of different variables including:
- The proposed construction works
- The Party Wall Surveyor or Surveyors handling the file
- The Party Wall Notice Response timings
- The speed at which the Schedule of Condition Report can be undertaken
- The agreement of the Party Wall Award
As a timing guide, we would advise budgeting in the region of 1 – 3 months from the point at which the Party Wall Notices are served upon the Adjoining Owner.