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An Access Licence is required when one property owner, requires access onto a neighbouring owner’s land, or air space.

An Access Licence will be required, if works are not for repair or maintenance of a structure bordering the
neighbour’s property. A neighbouring owner does not need to consent to access their property, or even agree to
having an Access Licence. The owner undertaking works, only has a legal right of entry via an Access Licence. An
Access Licence allows temporary access, and easement onto the neighbouring owner’s property or air space. The
terms within the Access Licence, will need to be mutually agreed upon.

Surveyor’s Role

Your Surveyor’s role will be to review the proposed works taking the neighbouring property
into account. Ensuring the associated risks, both short and long term have been considered.
This ensures the damage risk is bought to a minimum.

Assessment of the Access Requirements

The surveyor will assess the specific access needs of the party seeking the license, such as the duration, timing, and purpose of access. This step ensures a clear understanding of the access requirements.

Review of Existing Legal Agreements

The surveyor will review any existing legal agreements or relevant documentation, such as the Party Wall Award, to determine the rights and restrictions concerning access. This step ensures compliance with existing agreements and any necessary modifications or amendments.

Negotiation and Agreement

The surveyor will visit the site where access is required and record the condition of the area, and engage in negotiations between the parties involved to reach an agreement on the terms and conditions of the access license. This includes discussions on access duration, timing, insurance requirements, and any potential compensation or security deposits.

Documentation and Formalization

Once the terms are agreed upon, the surveyor prepare the necessary documentation, including an access license agreement, detailing the agreed-upon terms and conditions. This agreement is then signed by all relevant parties to formalize the access arrangement.

Monitoring and Enforcement

Throughout the access period, the surveyor may monitor compliance with the agreed-upon terms, ensuring that the accessing party adheres to the specified conditions. If any breaches or disputes arise, the surveyor may assist in resolving the issues and, if necessary, take appropriate enforcement actions to protect the rights of the parties involved.

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Common Access Licence Protections



The Access Licence ensures access is
undertaken safely and the neighbouring
property is Protected, security is of
upmost importance. Where scaffolding is required, it will be alarmed ensuring
intruders are not able to access the
neighbour’s land or property. The alarm
will need to be clearly posted, on every
fascia of the scaffolding and will have a
suitable solution in place in the event of

Access Rent

Access Rent

When requested by the neighbour, the
Access Licence ensures there is a sum
payable by the owner whom requires
access to their property. Rental figures
can be at any level, location of the
access and the duration it is required for is usually how this is determined.



Security funds are commonly held on
account acting as Security for future
expenses. This sum protects the
neighbouring owner. These funds will be made available in the event of access durations are not adhered too, damage or other unforeseen cost.



The Access Licence will include the
terms and procedures in the event of
damage, ensuring that the matter is
rectified promptly and without delay.

Party Wall Disputes


The Access Licence, will resolve any
potential issue and the way the dispute
should be managed, i.e. resolution
protocols and their timings.

Access Duration

Access Duration

The terms of the access duration will be
within the Access Licence. There will also be clauses, setting out the timings and manner access can take place.

Access Agreement Costs

We believe that Access Agreement Costs should be transparent. in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.




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    When it comes to obtaining an Access Licence, it’s crucial to be mindful of the potential issues that can arise. By engaging accredited and highly experienced surveyors for your Access Licence needs, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that your legal responsibilities are being taken care of in accordance with the correct protocols.

    At Icon Surveyors, we strongly believe in providing ample information to all parties involved. This proactive approach significantly reduces the likelihood of disputes. As a result, there are fewer delays, reduced costs, and the entire project progresses much more smoothly.

    Choose Icon Surveyors as your trusted local surveyor for obtaining an Access Licence. Contact us today to benefit from our expertise and ensure a seamless process that minimizes any potential challenges along the way.

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    We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions from our clients to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your project. From pricing to scheduling, we’ve got you covered.

    Plus, with our expert team on hand to address any additional questions or concerns you may have, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

    Don’t let uncertainty hold you back – check out our FAQ section today and get the answers you need to succeed!

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      What is an Access Licence?

      An Access Licence is a legal agreement that grants permission to access or work on a property or land that is owned or controlled by another party.

      An Access Licence is typically required when an individual or organization needs to access a property or land that belongs to someone else for specific purposes, such as construction, repairs, maintenance, or installations.

      Anyone who requires access to a property or land that is not owned or controlled by them, including contractors, service providers, or individuals carrying out works or installations, may need to obtain an Access Licence.

      To obtain an Access Licence, you will generally need to engage with the owner or controller of the property or land. This involves formal communication, negotiation, and entering into a legal agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of access, duration, payment, and any other relevant details.

      The owner undertaking the works, will pay the costs of obtaining the Access Licence, as they are benefiting from the access.

      Yes, you can legally request rent or a premium from the owner who would like access to your land. In most circumstances, the rent tends to be agreed by the Surveyors or Surveyor assisting the owners.

      Yes, times of which access can take place, will form the terms agreed within the access licence.

      More often than not, working hours will be in line with local authority allowances. However, each Licence is different, and considerations will be taken into account.

      No, an owner can refuse requests for access and does not need to provide a reason for the refusal.

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