The DCLG have recently updated their party wall guidance and explanatory booklet. The booklet is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, but intended as a general guide, we think it is best suited to people carrying out work of a simple nature to residential property. It aims to explain in simple terms how the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 may affect someone who either wishes to carry out work covered by the Act (tor receives notification under the Act of proposed adjacent work.
Download the booklet here – Party Wall etc. Act -Explanatory Booklet
If you intend to carry out building work which involves one of the following categories you must notify all Adjoining Owners –
• building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property (section 1 of the Act)
• work on an existing party wall or party structure (see paragraph 3 below) or building against such a party wall or party structure (section 2 of the Act)
• excavating near a neighbouring building (section 6 of the Act)
If work starts without a notice being given and an agreement being reached, an adjoining owner can seek to stop the work through a court injunction or seek other legal redress. If you are unsure or need help you can call us, we are happy to provide free initial advice and guidance – 020 8295 1200, or fill out the for below. We can also provide a competitive fixed price party wall service for Building Owners that includes serving notices and preparing the party wall award if needed. Our costs for party wall services start at £695 plus VAT and depend on where the building work is being carried out.