Party Walls Explained
What is a Party Wall structure?
The term ‘Party Structure’ is generic and can be defined as a wall or floor.
In this example the floor separating flats is a ‘party structure’ within the meaning of the Party wall act. In certain circumstances works to this ‘party structure’ will require notices to be issued. Examples of works are:-
- Cutting into the structure
- Chasing into the structure for pipes or cables
Excavations within 6 meters of an adjoining owner
When your neighbour is within 6 meters of your proposed excavation. The excavations cut through a diagonal 45 degree from the bottom of the neighbours wall and intersect the newly proposed excavation. These works will require a Party Wall agreement prior to commencing construction work.
Excavations within 3 meters of an adjoining owner
If a building owner wants to undertake excavation works within 3 meters of an adjoining owner building is likely to require a Party Wall award.
The proposed excavation works by the building owner will need to extends to a lower level than the bottom of the adjoining owners structure for works to be notifiable under the act.