Party Wall Surveyors based in South Bucks.

We cover  London and the Home Counties and will offer free initial advice to identify whether your or your’s works falls with the Party Wall etc Act 1996.  

We can prepare and serve notices under the Act, produce pre-work schedules of condition, draft and agree party wall awards and answer your questions.

With many professional memberships including the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and FPWS (the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors) you can be assured of a thorough and professional service.

Our detailed knowledge of the Party Wall etc Act allows us to offer simple and straightforward advice and we are happy to act for Building Owners, Adjoining Owners or in many circumstances as an Agreed Surveyor.

What is the Party Wall Act 1996?

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to building works carried out to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.
A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed. Where they disagree, the Act provides a mechanism for resolving disputes.
The Act is separate from obtaining planning permission or building regulations approval.

The Party Wall etc Act 1996

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 permits owners to carry out certain specific works, including work to the full thickness of a party wall, whilst at the same time protecting the interests of anyone else who might be affected by that work. The Act is designed to avoid or minimise disputes by neighbours by making sure property owners notify their neighbours in advance of certain proposed works. The Act requires that where the adjoining owner does not ‘agree’ in writing to the works a surveyor or surveyors will determine the time and way in which those works are carried out.

Works covered by THE ACT include:

  • cutting into a wall to take the bearing of a beam, for example for a loft conversion.
  • inserting a damp proof course, even if only to your own side of a party wall.
  • raising a party wall.
  • demolishing and rebuilding a party wall.
  • underpinning a party wall or part of a party wall.
  • weathering the junction of adjoining walls or buildings by cutting a flashing into an adjoining building.
  • excavating foundations within three metres of a neighbour’s structure and lower than its foundations.
  • excavating foundations within six metres of a neighbour’s structure and below a line drawn down at 45° from the bottom of its foundations.

Party Wall questions? Call us to discuss and we’ll provide a free initial assessment.