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Party Wall Act

The Act came into force on 1 July 1997 throughout England and Wales.

It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party structures. The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 applies to:

  • Work on an existing wall 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 (within 6m if deep foundations)

(A party structure can be a wall or floor that divides two properties in different ownerships.)

The act is not administered or enforced by the Local Authority. You may need to seek private, professional advice from a specialist Party Wall surveyor.

If a dispute cannot be avoided the matter can ultimately only be resolved by Civil Action being taken.

The most recent Government guidance is available at Party Wall Act Guide

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