The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force in 1997, and gives you rights and responsibilities regarding work taking place on or near a Party structure, whatever side of the wall you lay.
The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Permission or Building Regulation Approval for any work undertaken. Likewise, having Planning Permission and/or Building Regulation Approval does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.
The Party Wall Act comes into effect if someone is planning to do work on a relevant structure, such as
* A wall which is common to two (or more) properties, this includes where someone built a wall and a neighbour subsequent built something butting up to it.
* A wall forming part of only one building but which is on the boundary line between two (or more) properties.
* A garden wall, where the wall is astride the boundary line (or butts up against it) and is used to separate the properties but is not part of any building.
* Floors and ceilings of flats etc.
* Excavation near to a neighbouring property.
Western Building Consultants are skilled Party Wall Surveyors and our staff include members of The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors
are happy to offer a free no obligation consultation before being formally instructed to act as your surveyor. We generally operate in the Bath & Bristol area, although we are happy to travel further afield.
To ensure that costs do not spiral out of control we aim to provide fixed price competitive fees where possible.
To obtain a quotation or to simply ask some advice, please contact us
For more information regarding Party Walls please see the Communities and Local Governments explanatory booklet or RICS Party wall guide
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