Party Wall Act

The Party Wall etc Act 1996, came into force on July 1st, 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party wall, boundary walls, and excavations.

If you intend to ‘carry out’ building work which involves one of the following categories:

  • Work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property
  • Building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building

You must find out whether that work falls within the Act.

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