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The Party Wall Act 1996

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 was designed to resolve and avoid any disputes about party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

The main types of party walls are:

  • a wall that stands on the lands of two (or more) owners and forms part of a building
  • a wall that stands on the lands of two owners but does not form part of a building
  • a wall that is on one owner’s land but is used by two (or more) owners to separate their buildings

The Act also uses the expression ‘party structure’. This could be a wall or floor partition or other structure separating buildings or parts of buildings in different ownership, such as in flats.

A building owner that wants to start work covered by the Act must give their neighbours notice, so they can then agree or disagree with what is proposed.

Visit the website to find out more about the Party Wall Act 1996 or download a copy.

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