Party Walls

Party Walls and the Party Wall Act

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Party Walls

WHAT ARE PARTY WALLS?

Party walls are walls used by more than one ‘owner’. The dividing wall between two houses is the most obvious example. Floors between flats are ‘party structures’ and boundary walls can be ‘party fence walls’.

WHAT BUILDINGS ARE COVERED BY THE PARTY WALL ACT?

All types of buildings are covered:

  • Residential.
  • Commercial.
  • Industrial.

If you share a party wall, party structure or a party fence wall with another person you may be governed by the provisions of this Act.

WHAT BUILDING WORK IS COVERED
BY THE PARTY WALL ACT?

Most work of a structural nature including the following:

  • Work that affects an existing party wall such as carrying out structural repairs, underpinning or raising the wall, removal of a chimney breast, or cutting steel beams into a wall for a loft conversion.
  • Excavations in close proximity of another building or structure to a depth that exceeds that of the neighbour’s foundations.
  • Excavations for foundations to support new walls or steel columns are examples.
  • Demolishing and re-building or altering a ‘party fence wall’ that is a masonry garden or yard wall.
Party Walls: Party Wall Act

This is not an exhaustive list and you should always seek advice before the commencement of any works. Contact us here

WHICH ‘OWNERS’ ARE AFFECTED ?

Those owners of land who wish to conduct such works (’building owners’) as well as the owners and certain occupiers of adjoining land or buildings (’adjoining owners’). There may be several ‘owners’ to consider e.g. lessees and freeholders.

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