Party Wall Awards

(The Party Wall etc. Act 1996) A Party Wall Award sets the of engagement that must be adhered to, while building works are taking place within a property, that can have an effect on any neighbouring properties. 

Building Owner? – Your rights under the Act

The Building Owner is the person who wishes to undertake work to alter or extend their building, close to the boundary with another property or land.

The Act provides a Building Owner, with additional rights which go beyond ordinary common law rights. The most commonly used rights include:

  1. To build close to or on the Line of Junction; 

  2. To raise the height of a party wall (for example, adding another storey);

  3. To extend a party wall downwards (for example, to form a basement);

  4. To cut into a party wall to take the bearing of a beam (for example for a loft conversion).

  • We recommend that Building Owners have their plans checked over by an experienced party wall surveyor, to confirm whether the works come within the scope of the Act.
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  • You must inform all adjoining owners (freeholders and leaseholders), before any works have taken place, sometimes giving either one to two months notice ahead of time (depending on what works are being conducted).  

  • We advise that Building Owners speak to their neighbours before serving the formal notice. Neighbours that feel they are being kept informed are more likely to “play ball” and consent to your works taking place. If work starts without a notice being given, an adjoining owner can seek to stop the work through a court injunction or seek other legal redress.

  • The Building Owner is responsible for making good any damage caused by the works or must make payment in lieu of making good if the Adjoining Owner requests it.

 

  • You don’t need planning permission for your plans to serve notice, and once you’ve done so you can take up to a year to start work.

OUR PRICING

Serving and Receiving Notices only – £180 inc. VAT

Party Wall Award inc. SoC – Charges are as follows:

  1. The Party Wall Award document – £600 inc. VAT, plus the following disbursements…
  2. Time to collect the information to produce the award including the undertaking of the schedules of condition and dealing with emails/ phone calls/ letters @ £120 per hour inc. VAT;
  3. Travel costs @ 45 pence per mile (if driving) or other travel costs as appropriate;
  4. Land registry checks @ £10.00 per enquiry;
  5. Postage and packing for Notices and Awards.

A standard residential award is likely to cost in the region of £1,000 – £1,500 for dealing with an award with one Adjoining Owner.

For 2nd and subsequent Adjoining Owner’s, we charge 50% of the fee for the first award. 

Awards to commercial premises are likely to cost more, in the region of £2,000 to £3,000 as these are more complex.

Call us to discuss the specifics of your situation.

 For each additional Adjoining Owner affecting the same property, add 50% to the original fee.