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Party Wall etc. Act 1996

This Act provides a way forward for preventing and resolving disputes in connection with party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring properties.  The Act of 1996 was based on the London Buildings Act which applied to inner London for many decades. (This Act replaced those provisions in inner London).

Any person proposing to carry out work anywhere in England and Wales that may affect their neighbouring properties, must give the owners notice of their intentions. A notice must be given even where the work will not extend beyond the centre line of a party wall.

Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed.  Where there is a disagreement, the Act provides for the resolution of disputes.

If you or your neighbours disagree with the proposed works, the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 covers:

  • Various works that are going to directly affect an existing party wall
  • New building or extensions at or astride the boundary line between properties
  • Excavations within 3m or 6m of a neighbouring building or structure. This will depend on the depth of the hole or foundations.