Last edited 06 Jan 2021

Construction covered by the Party Wall Act of 1996


[edit] Introduction

When discussing works that fall within the remit of the Party Wall Act of 1996, it is important to understand and differentiate between works that are ‘notifiable’ and works that are not covered within the Act, also known as “non-notifiable” works.

The term notifiable referrers to works that may be taking place within a homeowner’s property (or building owner under the Party Wall Act 1996). If the proposed works affect any of the neighbouring properties (known as the adjoining owner’s property), then Party Wall procedures will apply.

Notifiable works usually fall within different categories and are notifiable under different Sections of the Act. Notifiable works usually include:

[edit] Excavations

Excavation works taking place within a building owner’s land may still be notifiable, since it may pose a risk to the foundations beneath those structures. This often comes into play with rear extensions or basement conversions.

The sections of the Party Wall Act of 1996 that would apply are:

[edit] Works directly affecting party wall or structure

Works that directly affect a party structure or party wall have a two month notice period. These types of works most commonly tend occur when undertaking loft conversions, removing chimney breasts or undergoing other structural works to the party wall.

Under the Act, the different types of work covered are set out within the sections below:

[edit] New walls

In order to build a new wall up to - or astride - the boundary line, a building owner must get consent beforehand. If the building owner does not get consent, then the new wall must be built within the building owner’s boundary and therefore be built up to the line of junction. These types of works are most commonly the flank walls of new rear, side or front extensions.

The section that would apply to this would be:

This article was provided by Berrylodge in April 2020.

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