A Boundary Dispute arises when property owners who share a boundary have a difference in opinion on its location

If you find yourself party to a boundary dispute. Icon Surveyors can assist, this will avoid time-intensive and costly legal action. Here at Icon Surveyors, we always recommend trying to resolve disputes as a neighbourly matter, try to approach your neighbour and have a discussion. Sometimes a simple conversation can solve a dispute. If this does not work, we are here to help.

How Your Icon Boundary Surveyor can Help?

The key objective for a Boundary Surveyor is to provide the two parties in dispute, with a formalised opinion on the location of the boundary. Once we have confirmed our opinion you will be able to present the Boundary Report, to the neighbour in dispute and request the trespass be removed in the first instance.

How Icon Does It

  • Pre-Inspection


    Your Icon Surveyor will begin the process by undertaking extensive desktop research. This will ensure we are informed of anything pertinent to the dispute. We will review lan registry documentation or ordnance survey maps and historic planning records.

  • Site Inspection

    Site Inspection

    Your Icon Surveyor will inspect the site and establish the existence of fences, walls, trees, hedges, posts and stone markers. We will ensure comprehensive measurements and a photographic record are taken so we are informed on the lay of the land.

  • Surveyor's Report & Determination

    Surveyor's Report & Determination

    Upon completion of the pre-site investigation and a thorough site inspection, your Icon Surveyor will formalise a comprehensive report, outlining a clear impartial opinion of the boundary line location.

  • Historic Maps

    Historic Maps

    Construction of new walls can fall under the remit of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, and often require Party Wall Notices to be issued. If a new wall is being up to, or astride the boundary line. A Party Wall Notice will be required under the Party Wall etc Act 1996. This will also facilitate access to the adjoining owners land, to ensure the wall is completed safely and to a good standard.

  • Land Registry

    Land Registry

    Land Registry Information is pivotal in determining a boundary line. These records highlight easements, that could affect a boundaries position. Whilst these records contain a map forming the legal title, these plans tend to not be sufficient when scaling to the lay of the land, however, they act as a good indicator

  • Historic Photographs

    Historic Photographs

    The Party Wall etc Act 1996 covers various types of works, commonly misunderstood to fall within the Acts remit. Want to know more? Give us a call now, we are more than happy to discuss your Party Wall Surveying requirements.

  • Aerial Photographs

    Aerial Photographs

    We review aerial photographs of the property, more often than not these tend to be very small and difficult to scale. They still offer great insight into the location and direction of the boundary line. They also provide an unrivalled vantage point.

  • Satellite Imagery

    Satellite Imagery

    We use Google and several other resources. This tends to be a limited resource, as in most cases the photograph date restricts its relevance, however, we always review these as the more information to hand the better.

  • Planning Records

    Planning Records

    When submitting a planning application, both scaled drawings and site plans are provided. In most cases these document the boundary line and can benchmark the understood boundary position. We look at both subject properties as well as any surrounding properties, to establish a point of reference.

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How long does a Boundary Inspection take?

On average 1- 4 hours, in this time, the Surveyor undertaking the inspection will be taking both photographic and written records and recording detailed measurements of the property and its boundary.

For your neighbour to disagree, they will be required to put forth their Surveyor’s opinion or own evidence. Upon receipt of this proof, we advise getting back in touch with us to discuss their response and mediate the differences, which more often than not, leads to a simple resolution.

Once the Boundary report is complete, assuming the Surveyor’s opinion is in line with yours in relation to the boundary issue.

We advise presenting the report to the neighbour under dispute and requesting they address the trespass within a reasonable set period.

If your neighbouring still dispute your Boundary report, you have the final option to proceed to court. The courts may subpoena your Surveyor to inform the court of their findings, at the minimum they will take the Surveyors report into the evidence bundle in support of your case. (this adds substance to your case) The courts have also been known to appoint an external expert, to provide further opinion and ultimately assist in making a judgement.