Party Wall Act 1996

The Party Wall Act 1996 came into force on 1 July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. (The Act does not apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland). The Act applies even to Crown, Government and Local Authority owned property.

Anyone intending to carry out work (anywhere in England and Wales) of the kinds described in the Act such as the erection of a new structure, excavating within a 3m - 6m radius of any neighbouring property boundary, inserting a lintel or an injected chemical damp proof course into a shared wall must give Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions. It is often helpful in understanding the principles of the Act if owners think of themselves as joint owners of the whole of a party wall rather than the sole owner of half or part of it.

Failure to comply with the act could result in unnecessary repairs costs from your neighbours or even a court injunction to halt your works.

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