What is it all about?
The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 provides the process through which works likely to affect neighbouring owners or occupiers are informed of planned works and in most cases, requires consent for the works to proceed.
Notices must be served and responded to within strict timescales. If works are not agreed to by the neighbour, then a dispute occurs and party wall surveyors are required.
There are three main categories of works that fall within the Act:-
- Works to build a structure astride or up to a boundary line;
- Works to an existing party structure, which may not necessarily be a wall;
- Excavations within 3 or 6 meters of a neighbours building, depending upon the depth of the respective excavations and foundations.
Why might you need us?
We can provide advice to those planning work or the neighbour who has concerns or has received a Notice about planned work. Technically a party wall surveyor is not required until a dispute has arisen but discussing matters at an early stage can make the process much smoother and less stressful for both parties.
We prepare and follow up Notices, ensuring compliance with the necessary format and content.
We can be appointed following a dispute by either party or be a “Joint Surveyor”. Whether acting as a joint surveyor or having been appointed by one of the parties, any party wall surveyor’s duty is to uphold the act, and not to serve their appointing parties interests.
When there is a dispute an Award will be drawn up detailing how the relevant parts of the works will be completed. Without fail, a Schedule of Condition is prepared to protect each party, in case of claimed damage as a result of the work.
We are members of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club – a peer group of party wall surveyors.