What Building Work Comes Under the Party Wall Act?
What is the Party Wall etc. Act 1996?

How Does It Affect You?

How Does it Affect Your Building Works?

QUESTION: What Work Falls Under the Act?

ANSWER:      Most Extensions

                      Loft Conversions

                      New Builds

                      Structural Alterations inc:

                         Chimney Breast Removal

                           Removal of Internal Walls

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

  • ANALYSE YOUR DRAWINGS TO ASCERTAIN THE NOTIFIABLE WORKS

  • SERVE NOTICES ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS

  • ACT AS AN AGREED SURVEYOR FOR YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR TO RESOLVE DISPUTES 

  • ACT WITH ANOTHER SURVEYOR APPOINTED BY YOUR NEIGHBOUR TO RESOLVE DISPUTES

  • WORK ALONE OR WITH ANOTHER SURVEYOR TO SERVE AN AWARD (A LEGAL DOCUMENT SETTING OUT HOW THE BUILDING WORK WILL PROCEED)

  • PREPARE DETAILED SCHEDULES OF CONDITION

  • HELP TO RESOLVE DISPUTES

  • ACT IMPARTIALLY TO GET WORK STARTED

MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE

ACT EARLY: Avoid delays or disruption to your construction project!

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the Party Wall etc. Act 1996

Loft Conversions come under the Party Wall Act

I AM DOING THE WORK

MY NEIGHBOURS DOING THE WORK

Discussing Building Plans with Party Wall Surveyor
BUILDING OWNER

I AM CARRYING OUT THE WORK

Party Wall Contract

BUILDING OWNER

WHEN TO SERVE A NOTICE

If you are planning an extension, a loft conversion, a new build or any structural alterations to your home that fall under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, Notice(s) needs to be served on all parties concerned.

Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 there are certain timescales that you need to adhere to as the Building Owner and also as the Adjoining Owner.

If you would like any further advice on serving Notice(s) or would like Berry Party Wall Surveyors to serve Notice(s) on your behalf, please contact us for free, expert, professional and impartial advice. We will be only too happy to help you with your Party Wall Matter.

BUILDING OWNER

Once the Notice has been served, your neighbour has 14 days to reply

WHEN AN AWARD IS REQUIRED

Your neighbour may:

Agree to your works, at which point you can proceed with their written consent. However, it is also recommended that you get a Schedule of Condition Report drawn up by a professional Surveyor, as this protects both parties if there is any damage to the neighbouring property as a result of the building works. At Berry Party Wall Surveyors for London, Kent and the South East we can compile a comprehensive Schedule of Condition Report for a fixed price fee.

If the adjoining owner does not consent and a dispute arises between the two owners, then you will need to appoint either one Party Wall Surveyor (the Agreed Surveyor) or both parties can appoint their own independent Party Wall Surveyor. The goal is the same, that is to prepare and serve an Award.

 

The Party Wall Award is basically a legal document setting out how the work will proceed, giving consideration to both parties, enabling the works to go ahead whilst protecting the neighbouring property.

Party Wall etc. Act 1996
 
Party Wall Award

BUILDING OWNER

SCHEDULE OF CONDITION

At Berry Party Wall  Surveyors we strongly recommend that you have a Schedule of Condition Report compiled before work starts as this protects both parties in the event of damage being caused as a result of the work being carried out. At Berry Party Wall Surveyors we offer to draw up a comprehensive Schedule of Condition Report on the areas that will be affected by your building works in your neighbours property, including extensive photographic documentation for a fixed price.

ADJOINING OWNER
MY NEIGHBOURS DOING THE WORK

ADJOINING OWNER



If you have received a Party Wall Notice(s) about proposed works that your neighbours are planning to carry out to their property, you are required to respond in writing within 14 days from the date on the Notice.
 
There are two main ways you can respond:

 

AFTER YOU RECEIVE A NOTICE

Reviewing a party wall award
 
 
Meeting with a Party Wall Surveyor

ADJOINING OWNER

CONSENT TO THE NOTICE

If you are going to CONSENT to your neighbours proposed works, without a Party Wall Award being produced, we recommend you do so on the basis of having a Schedule of Condition Report prepared by a Party Wall Surveyor, who will produce a record of the current condition of the adjacent areas prior to work commencing so that in the unlikely event of damage being caused it can be easily identified. The fee would usually be paid by the party proposing the building works(the Building Owner) . 

At Berry Party Wall Surveyors we can prepare a detailed Schedule of Condition Report including comprehensive photographic evidence to protect your interests.

 

ADJOINING OWNERS

DISSENT TO THE NOTICE

If you are concerned that the proposed works may adversely affect your property you may choose to DISSENT. Whilst this may sound harsh it merely means that you are dissenting to the Notice and that a Party Wall Award would be required before the work could commence. 

A Party Wall Award is a fair and impartial report, prepared by a Party Wall Surveyor which will deal with the right to execute the party wall works, the time and manner of executing the work, and any other matters that arise between the parties concerned. 

Dissenting to the Notice is not a tool to delay or stop the proposed works, however, you can protect your property against any damage that could be caused by the works by having a Party Wall Award drawn up.

For a Party Wall Award to be drawn up both parties may use the same Surveyor to act impartially for both parties (an Agreed Surveyor) or, both parties may each appoint an Independent Surveyor to act for them. The goal is the same, that is, to prepare and serve a Party Wall Award, which is basically a legal document setting out how the work will proceed, giving consideration to both parties.

At Berry Party Wall Surveyors we would be happy to assist 

Meeting with your Party Wall Surveyors
Contractors

PLEASE NOTE

NOT RESPONDING WILL NOT DELAY THE PROPOSED WORKS


If no response is received by the Building Owner within 14 days a further follow-up “Ten Day Notice” will be served stating that the parties are now deemed to be in dispute and a Surveyor MUST be appointed.

If no written response is received a Surveyor will be appointed for the Adjoining Owner by the Building Owner’s Surveyor under Section 10(4) of the Act.

DO NOT DELAY

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