Have You Been Served A Party Wall Notice?

A Party Wall Notice is a form of notification in which the Party Wall etc.1996 Act is invoked. The building owner (owner undertaking the works) will need to serve upon any neighbouring owners in advance of their works.

Once the building owner has served the Party Wall Notice, you will have the right to select one of three Party Wall Notice responses:

Party Wall etc Act 1996
Notifiable Construction works

  • Consent to the Party Wall Notice

    Consent To The Party Wall Notice

    Consenting to the Party Wall Notice or notifiable construction works, means you do not require any of the Party Wall Surveying procedures set out below, to be implemented. The building owner will then be free to commence the construction works, without any further Party Wall Surveyor input.

  • Dissent and appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to act on my behalf

    Dissent And Appoint A Party Wall Surveyor To Act On My Behalf

    Dissenting to the Party Wall Notice will mean that you appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to represent your own property, ensuring you are protected against cost and damages in relation to the notifiable works. Your Icon Party Wall Surveyor will look at the construction works from the perspective of your property ensuring, the risk is as low as it can possibly be. With this option, the building owner would also need to appoint a Surveyor on their behalf.

  • Dissent and appoint an Agreed Party Wall Surveyor

    Dissent And Appoint An Agreed Party Wall Surveyor

    This option mirrors the second Party Wall Notice response. The only difference being, one Party Wall Surveyor acts impartially on behalf of both yourself (building owner) and the adjoining owner.

Party Wall Surveyors Role

  • Party Wall Initial Review by Icon Surveyor

    Initial Review

    Your Icon Party Wall Surveyor initial review, will look at the listed documents below, and how they will interact with any adjoining owner’s properties.

    • Land Registry Title Deeds and Plans.
    • Existing and Proposed Architectural/Structural Drawings.
    • Construction Method Statements.
    • Structural Calculations
    • Party Wall Notices (if applicable)
    • Review and or issue a letter of appointment
    • Issue Party Wall Notices (if applicable)
  • Schedule Of Condition Inspection

    Schedule Of Condition Inspection

    Your experienced and qualified Icon Surveyor will visit your property prior to your neighbours, construction work commencing. We will accommodate ourselves with the lay of the land, thus ensuring that we have taken all aspects the Building Owner’s construction works and risk into account. Whilst on site we record a detailed document ensuring we have clear concise photographic evidence, of your property. This will then form part of your Party Wall Award, providing both yourself and the Building Owner with full legal protection if damage is caused.

  • Party Wall Award

    Party Wall Award
    (Legally Binding Document)

    Upon completion of the two previous steps, we will be in a position to undertake a full review of the works, taking into account any associated risk. We will then proceed in agreeing your Party Wall Award, this will include:

    • Work Scope.
    • Protective clauses that your contractors will need to adhere to.
    • Protective Construction methods, for your neighbours contractors to adhere too in specific high-risk areas of their work.
    • Implemented procedures if the construction works cause damage to your property.
    • Working hours for the Party Wall Notifiable construction works
    • Access provisions for the contractors, within your land or airspace.
    • Variations to the construction works post, Party Wall Award service.
    • Procedures, in the event you are due compensation.
  • Post Work Inspection

    Post Work Inspection

    Once the Building Owner has completed their construction work, your Icon surveyor will visit your property and insure that, no changes or damage has occurred as a result of the works. This inspection is commonly known as a Check off Inspection. If there has been damage to your property, Icon will assist ensuring it is repaired by the Building Owners contractor, or ensuring you are compensated for the repair costs. The Building Owner, would bear these costs.

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What is a Party Wall Award?

A Party Wall Award is a legal document that is both drafted and agreed upon by either an Agreed Surveyor or two respective Party Wall Surveyors.

Party Wall Awards are served upon completion of the Party Wall Surveying Procedures. The Party Wall Award gives the Building Owner the legal right to commence the construction works covered within the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

The Party Wall Award, includes various clauses governing the construction works,  ensuring the risks posed to the Adjoining Owner’s properties are kept to a minimum.

A Party Wall Surveyor administers Party Wall Surveying Procedures on behalf of their appointing owner, this could be the Building Owner (owner undertaking works) or Adjoining Owner (neighbouring property to works).

Party Wall Surveyor’s role is to ensure Building Owner’s work proposes the minimal risk possible to the Adjoining Owner’s property as well as ensuring it is fully protected from the proposed construction works.

Section (1) of the Party Wall Act, deals with a building owner’s new walls being built up to your shared boundary line, referred to as the line of junction within the Act. Serving a Section (1) Notice, enables the building owner to build the proposed wall or walls, usually giving their contractors the legal right of access whilst building the wall.

Section (6) of the Party Wall Act deals with a building owner’s excavation works. A Section 6 Notice, referred to as a Notice of adjacent excavation within the Act, enables the building owner to excavate within 3m to a depth lower than the adjoining owner’s property