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Last edited 23 Mar 2020
Who pays for a Party Wall Surveyor?
 Who pays the Party Wall Surveyor’s fees?
Fundamentally this is the correct procedure as the building owner is the owner undertaking the works, therefore the adjoining owner shouldn’t have to pay for a Party Wall Surveyor to agree a Party Wall Award protecting them from the building owner's choice to undertake notifiable Party Wall works.
 What does the Party Wall Surveyor’s fee include?
In respect of the building owner’s Party Wall Surveyor, the owner will typically pay a fixed fee. Whereas the adjoining owner’s Party Wall Surveyor will apply their hourly rate to any time spent on the matter. In accordance with Section 10 of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, the fee will include, reasonable costs incurred in:
- (a) making or obtaining an award under this section;
- (b) reasonable inspections of work to which the award relates; and
- (c) any other matter arising out of the dispute.
 When does an adjoining owner pay a Party Wall Surveyor’s fees?
“Where work is carried out in the exercise of the right mentioned in section 2(2)(a), and the work is necessary on account of defect or want of repair of the structure or wall concerned, the expenses shall be defrayed by the building owner and the adjoining owner in such proportion as has regard to—
- (a) the use which the owners respectively make or may make of the structure or wall concerned; and
- (b) responsibility for the defect or want of repair concerned, if more than one owner makes use of the structure or wall concerned.”
To put it in perspective, if the building owner was to propose demolishing and rebuilding a defective shared garden wall which is legally referred to as a Party Fence Wall, the Party Wall Surveyors fees are to be shared between the two respective owners, as the works benefit not on the building owner but also the adjoining owner.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- 10(4) Party Wall Surveyor Appointments.
- Adjoining buildings definition.
- Institute of party wall surveyors.
- Line of junction notice.
- Party structure notice.
- Party wall surveyor.
- Preventing wall collapse.
- Responsibility for boundary features.
- Right of entry.
- Right of support.
- Right to access land.
- Wall types.
- What approvals are needed before construction begins.
- Who Pays for Party Wall Surveyor's Fees?
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