Background to the Party Wall Legislation

Modern developments take many forms, and the Party Wall etc Act 1996 deals with shared / party walls, party fence boundaries, non shared walls / boundaries and works within 3m and 6m of a boundary . .

The works may vary from simple repair and maintenance matters to development works, and affect commercial and residential developments equally .

The essence of the legislation requires the person/company carrying out the work (perhaps a developer but it could be you inserting a steel into a party wall to support a loft conversion), to inform his neighbours where there is work proposed on a shared wall, boundary, or close to the foundations of other properties.

The neighbours are then given an opportunity to study the proposals, with professional help, and the developer (or you) are usually asked to meet such costs, and to confirm they are happy to proceed or otherwise.
Please note the legislation should not be used as an attempt to stop or unnecessarily delay the building work, and in such cases an appointed surveyor can over rule his client / appointing owner.

Does this Affect Me?

If you are intending to carry out works which could impinge on an adjoining property during construction then a telephone call and / or meeting with ourselves will confirm the matter.
Leys Longden and Co. are also part of the RICS advisory service set up to provide a maximum of 30 minutes free advice where there is a genuine query/enquiry as to whether the Act applies.

Our Personnel

Our personnel are members of the specialist party wall group, Pyramus and Thisbe Club, which seeks to promote excellence in Party Walls ensuring we are kept up to date with current issues and case law.

The link to www.partywalls.org.uk will address frequently asked questions.

Leys Longden & Co is an independent practice of Chartered Building Surveyors based in Oxfordshire, serving residential clients in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and commercial clients countrywide with an emphasis on Oxfordshire, London and the South East.
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