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The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 was developed to provide a legal framework for preventing and resolving potential disputes in relation to works being undertaken to party walls, boundary walls, party structures and the excavations near to neighbouring buildings.
If you plan to undertake such work to, or near a party wall / structure, the Act may come into force and professional advice should be considered prior to undertaking works on site. The Act covers work to:
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is a separate piece of legislation to planning permission and building regulations and is intended to safeguard the interests of both the building owner (the undertaker of the works) and the adjoining owner.
Our chartered building surveyors are able to offer clear advice on the need to implement the procedures within the Act, serve the correct notices and draft the relevant Party Wall Award if a dispute arises.
Our experience extends to acting for either building owners or adjoining owners.