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Party Wall Surveying

Party Wall Surveying

If you are planning to undertake any building work on your property that may affect the wall or foundations of the wall (or walls) between your property and your neighbour’s, it may be subject to the provisions of the Party Wall Act Etc. 1996. If the work being undertaken is covered by the Party Wall Act you will need to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to serve Notices, obtain consent, organise the required papers and draw up the Party Wall Award.

The Party Wall Act covers several circumstances, including:

  • Where works are completed to an existing Party Wall, Party Fence Wall or Party Structure.
  • When new buildings or structures are erected up to or sat astride the boundary line.
  • Where excavations are completed within 6 metres of a structure on a neighbouring property, which have the potential to undermine the foundations of that structure.

The most common occurrence of a Party Wall Act issue is when a home owner is having an extension to their property.

Matthew Parkinson and his team of Chartered Building Surveyors, have a wealth of experience in this area and we regularly act on behalf of building owners and adjoining owners in respect of Party Wall matters.

Although seeking consent prior to the commencement of the work is the ideal route, this doesn’t always happen. In such instances, Matthew is also able to assist in resolving the dispute between the property owners, by administering the Act.

As Chartered Building Surveyors, Matthew and his colleagues provide independent and impartial advice, whether appointed by the building owner, the adjoining property owner, or both parties jointly.

If you are undertaking building work and have come across a Party Wall issue, it is in your interests to get it resolved as soon as possible. Matthew Parkinson is able to take the lead, minimising costs and any delays to your project.

Contact Matthew Parkinson, Chartered Surveyor

Whether you are a building owner undertaking an extension, or an adjoining owner concerned about your neighbour’s building work, contact us for a free quote. Matthew is based in Lancaster, but is able to assist property owners in Party Wall Act issues across Lancashire, Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.