The Act provides a framework for preventing or resolving disputes in relation to party walls, party structures, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. Anyone intending to carry out work (anywhere in England and Wales) of the kinds described in the Act must give Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions.
You must tell your neighbour if you want to:
- build on or at the boundary of your 2 properties
- work on an existing party wall or party structure
- dig below and near to the foundation level of their property
Examples of this type of work include:
- building a new wall
- cutting into a party wall
- making a party wall taller, shorter or deeper
- removing chimneys from a party wall
- knocking down and rebuilding a party wall
You do not need to tell your neighbour about minor changes; plastering, adding or replacing electrical wiring or sockets, or drilling to put up shelves or cabinets.
An explanatory booklet providing further detailed information detailed information in respect of the Act can be found by following this link: