Your intentions may be to –
Build on or at the boundary of your 2 properties
work on an existing party wall or party structure
dig below and near to the foundation level of their property
Which could include –
building a new wall
cutting into a party wall
making a party wall taller, shorter or deeper
removing chimneys from a party wall
knocking down and rebuilding a party wall
Party Wall Notices
Section 1 Notice / Line of Junction Notice (One month notice must be given)
Section 3 Notice / Party Structure Notice (Two months notice must be given)
Section 6 Notice / Notice of Adjacent Excavation (One month notice must be given)
If you are planning to excavate within 3m of neighbour’s foundations to a lower depth, or within 6m to a lower depth than a line struck at 45 degrees down from the underside of the neighbour’s foundations, then a section 6 notice must be served.
When serving a Section 6 Notice, plans and sections of the proposed works must also be provided.
You can speak to your neighbour to explain the work you want to carry out, before giving notice in writing.
Should you choose to appoint Practical Party Wall Limited as your Party Wall agent we would serve initial notices on your behalf.
Your adjoining owner can choose either of the following options when responding to the notice –
If adjoining owner opts to dissent to your proposals then its at this stage Practical Party Wall Limited would become your appointed Surveyor acting on your behalf to agreeing the necessary Party Wall Award between both parties.
Your adjoining owner must also appoint a surveyor this can be either of the following –
- Agreed Surveyor:
Appointed by both the Building and Adjoining owner, and is required to act impartially to administer the rights and duties of both owners. This option can be both more time and cost efficient.
- Independent Surveyor:
Appointing an independent Surveyor of their choice.
All notices served are followed up after 14 days and if your adjoining owners have failed to respond in writing to the initial notice within this period then a ‘Section 10(4) Notice’ will need to be served advising that both parties are now deemed to be in dispute as its assumed the adjoining owner has dissented to the works.
The Section 10(4) Notice will advise that the adjoining owner has a further 10 days to appoint their own Surveyor but failing to respond in writing within this period, the Act state you as a Building Owner will appoint a Surveyor on their behalf to progress matters and ensure proposed works are not delayed any further.
Please note as the Building Owner you have the legal responsibility to cover the cost of your neighbours surveyors fees.
You are of course within your rights to serve Notices independently but if you was to serve a Notice incorrectly and a dispute was to emerge, the Notice may be deemed invalid which could lead to new Notices being served and furthermore legal expenses in a civil court which will no doubt cause unforeseen delays.