Party Wall Act

If you’re working with shared walls, boundaries, or
in close proximity to other buildings, our party wall surveyors have the expertise to ensure that we help you to comply with statute under the Party Wall Act etc. 1996.


A party wall divides the buildings of two owners, and this boundary is usually, but not always, positioned at the centre of the wall. The Act provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. These can often be costly, time consuming and produce conflict – that’s why a reputable and experienced building surveyor is required. 

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 (PWA) was introduced to make sure property owners notify their neighbours in advance of certain proposed works, including cutting into a wall to take the bearing of a beam, such as in a loft extension, and inserting a damp proof course. The Act does not apply to more minor everyday jobs that do not affect the integrity of the party wall, such as fixing plug sockets or fitting wall units or shelving.

If you are commercial developer and not sure if your project falls under the provisions of the PWA, do get in touch. Then we can advise if this applies to your project and discuss what options you have under the provisions of the Act. 


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