The Party Wall Act 1996 applies to most building work on a party wall, on or near to a boundary line or near to neighbouring property. If you’re a building owner intending to carry out such work, you must consider whether the Act applies. From time to time we come across owners who are completely unaware of the Act. Other owners incorrectly decide that the Act doesn’t apply to their project. They then commence the building work unlawfully.
It is often simple to determine whether the Act applies to any given project. The necessary procedure to follow then becomes clear. Owners risk making costly mistakes by not considering the requirements of the Act during the planning phase of their scheme.