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Why would you need a Party Wall Agreement?

If you're planning to carry out any work on a property in the UK, there's a good chance that you'll need to comply with the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The act was introduced to help prevent and resolve disputes between neighbours over party walls, boundary walls, and excavations near neighbouring buildings. As part of this process, you may need to have a Party Wall Survey carried out. In this webpage, we'll explain what a Party Wall Survey is, when you need one, and how it works.

What is a Party Wall Survey?

A Party Wall Survey is a survey carried out by a specialist Party Wall Surveyor to assess the impact of proposed building work on neighbouring properties. The surveyor will determine what measures need to be put in place to protect the neighbouring property and ensure that the work can be carried out safely and legally.


When do you need a Party Wall Survey?

You'll need a Party Wall Survey if you're planning any of the following:

  1. Building a new wall on or near a boundary line between two properties.

  2. Carrying out work on an existing party wall, such as cutting into it to install a beam or removing part of it.

  3. Excavating near a neighbouring property, for example, to lay foundations for an extension.

If your proposed work falls under any of these categories, you must notify your neighbours in writing at least two months before work starts, and a Party Wall Survey may be required.


How does a Party Wall Survey work?

the first step is to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor. You and your neighbour(s) can agree to appoint the same surveyor or each appoint your own. In some cases, a third surveyor may need to be appointed to help resolve disputes.

Once the surveyor(s) have been appointed, they will carry out a thorough inspection of the affected properties and prepare a Party Wall Award. The award will set out what work is being carried out, the precautions that need to be taken to protect the neighbouring property, and any other relevant details. The award will also include a schedule of condition, which is a report detailing the current state of the properties before work begins.

Once the award has been agreed by all parties, work can commence. The surveyor(s) will carry out regular inspections to ensure that the work is being carried out in accordance with the award and that the neighbouring property is not being damaged. Once the work is complete, the surveyor(s) will carry out a final inspection and prepare a final report.

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