There’s a lot more to building a wall than just how much it will initially cost you to build and how it’s going to look
What is a party wall?
- A wall that stands on the lands of 2 (or more) owners and forms part of a building - this wall can be part of one building only or separate buildings belonging to different owners
- A wall that stands on the lands of 2 owners but does not form part of a building, such as a garden wall but not including timber fences
- A wall that is on one owner’s land but is used by 2 (or more) owners to separate their buildings
What is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996?
Explaining any planned works in person can help to soften the blow depending on the scale of what you’re looking to do rather than marching up to their door complete with legal papers in hand or worse, serving them coldly in the post!
What’s included in the Act?
- new building on or at the boundary of 2 properties
- work to an existing party wall or party structure
- excavation near to and below the foundation level of neighbouring buildings
- building a new wall on or at the boundary of 2 properties
- cutting into a party wall
- making a party wall taller, shorter or deeper
- removing chimney breasts from a party wall
- knocking down and rebuilding a party wall
- digging below the foundation level of a neighbour’s property
- most extensions, basement and loft conversions
It’s worth noting that the Act is separate from obtaining planning permission or any building regulations approval you might need for your project.