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The Party Wall Etc. Act 1996

This page contains information regarding The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, including external links to download an explanatory booklet of the act and another to view the legislation.

The Party Wall etc. Act came into force on 1st July 2007. It is civil legislation and cannot be enforced by the council. The purpose of the act is to provide a legislative framework for the prevention and resolution of disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations in proximity to neighbouring buildings. However the act does not contain provisions for the settlement of boundary line disputes and legal boundaries.

The act is separate from Building Regulations control and planning permission. Reaching agreement with an adjoining owner or owners does not remove the need to comply with Building Regulations or apply for planning permission.

The Party Wall etc. Act may apply if you are intending to carry out any work which involves one of the following:-

  • working on an existing party wall or structure,
  • erecting a wall either free standing or as part of a structure up to or astride the boundary, or
  • carrying out excavation works within three or six metres of a neighbouring building or structure, depending on depth.

The Party Wall Etc Act Explanatory Booklet CoverA booklet has been produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to explain in simple terms how the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 may affect someone who either wishes to carry out work covered by the act or receives notification under the act of proposed adjacent work.

A copy can be download from the DCLG by using the following external link The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 explanatory booklet [external link].

A copy of the act itself can be viewed using the following link to the Office of Public Sector Information The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 [external link].

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