Party Wall Notices

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 requires that building owners planning to carry out any building works defined as notifiable within the act must serve a valid written notice on any adjoining owner or owners of buildings that may be affected by the intended building works. It is a legal requirement to serve the notice and receive consent from the adjoining owner prior to the commencement of the building works.

Types of Notice

There are 3 types of Party Wall Notice covered by The Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

Party Structure Notice

This is the most common type of Party Wall Notice and is served under section 3 of The Party Wall Act, and covers building works described in section 2 (2) sub sections (a) to (n) of the act.

This type of notice mainly covers types of building works that directly affect the party wall, such as cutting holes into party walls to insert beams or flashing, altering or removing chimney breasts etc. Loft Conversions usually require Party Structure Notices.

Party Structure Notices require a 2 month notice period and should at least contain the following information:

  • Name and address of the building owner.
  • Nature and description of the proposed building work.
  • Date on which the building work will begin.

The adjoining owner has 14 days to respond to this type of notice. If they do not respond they are automatically deemed to be 'in dispute' with the notice and will be obliged to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor.

Notice of Adjacent Excavation

Notices of Adjacent Excavation are served under section 6 of The Party Wall Act, and covers building works involving excavation work. Basement conversions and building extensions usually require a Notice of Adjacent Excavation.

There are two types of excavation work that are notifiable under section 6 of The Party Wall Act:

  • Excavations within 3 metres of the adjoining owner(s) building, that will reach a depth lower than the bottom of their foundations.
  • Excavations within 6 metres of the adjoining owner(s) building, if any part of that excavation intersects with a plane drawn downwards at an angle of 45 degrees from the bottom of their foundations, taken at a line level with the face of their external wall (this will normally mean that you neighbour is using piled foundations).

Notices of Adjacent Excavation require a 1 month notice period and should at least contain the following information:

  • Name and address of the building owner.
  • Nature and description of the proposed building work.
  • Plans and section drawings of proposed excavation work.
  • Date on which the building work will begin.

The adjoining owner has 14 days to respond to this type of notice. If they do not respond they are automatically deemed to be 'in dispute' with the notice and will be obliged to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor.

Line of Junction Notice

This is the least common type of Party Wall Notice and is served under section 1 of The Party Wall Act. A Line of Junction Notice relates to two types of building work/construction:

  • The construction of a new wall adjacent to a boundary.
  • The construction of a new wall on a boundary.

A Line of Junction Notice requires a 1 month notice period.

Serving a Notice with TLC Party Wall Surveyors

TLC Party Wall Surveyors can help with serving all types of Party Wall Notices on your behalf. We can review your proposed building works and drawings to establish which of the three notice types will be required. If required we will undertake a Title Register search via the Land Registry to identify the legal ownership of all adjacent properties.

TLC Party Wall Surveyors prepare and serve professional Party Wall Notices.

For more information call TLC Party Wall Surveyors on 0208 361 7458

Call us: 0752 504 1120 or 0208 361 7458 (office)
TLC Party Wall Surveyors
33 East Barnet Road
New Barnet
Herts
EN4 8RN
Company number 10266155

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