What is the Party Wall Act?
The Act is in place to enable an owner to carry out works to a party wall or structure while safeguarding the interests of their neighbour.
It is your responsibility, not the responsibility of your architect or your Local Authority to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to assist you in resolving any dispute that may arise between the two parties concerning the works.
Such work include:
• Work carried out on an existing structure, or a wall that is shared with another property
• Building a new wall either as part of a structure or free-standing, up to or astride the boundary with another property
• Excavations near a neighbouring building
The basis of the Party Wall Act defines and affirms the rights of a person (the ‘building owner’) wishing to cut into a party wall or to excavate for new foundations within a specified distance of an adjoining structure (the ‘adjoining owner’). Both parties may appoint a Party Wall Surveyor if the building work is notifiable under the Party Wall Act.
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