Party Wall Surveying
What is the Party Wall etc Act 1996?
The Party Wall Surveying Agreement process is a legal procedure that needs to be invoked and followed 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 etc Act 1996 covers three different types of work:
- Works directly to a Party Wall, a Party Structure or a Party Fence Wall
- Excavations within 3m or 6m and to a depth lower than 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.
To ensure this, a Party Wall Surveyor will consider the building owner’s construction work from the perspective of the adjoining owner’s property.
The Party Wall Surveyor will ensure the potential risk associated with the construction works is as low as it can 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 in advance of the construction works commencing.
Once a Party Wall Notice is served the adjoining owner will have three Notice response options open to them: