The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides a framework for amicably preventing and resolving disputes between neighbours in connection with party walls and structures, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 grants extensive rights, which do not exist within common law, to Building Owners undertaking certain construction work as defined within the Act. It legally obliges Building Owners to serve a formal Notice on Adjoining Owners before starting any works, allowing the Adjoining Owners to seek professional representation by appointing a Party Wall Surveyor, if they so wish.
The Party Wall Company provides a flowchart guide showing how the Party Wall process works for both Adjoining Owners and Building Owners. Please take a look or download it for free:
The Department for Communities and Local Government produce a free Explanatory Booklet on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 which we often recommend as a good source of impartial information. Please download a copy below. You can also download the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 here.