What is a Party Wall?

What is a Party Wall?

Section 20 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 defines a Party Wall as either:

  • A wall which stands on the land of two owners, to a greater extent than simply projecting foundations; or
  • A wall which stands on the land of one owner that separates the buildings of two owners. In this situation, only the part of the wall separating the buildings of the two owners is a party wall.

What is a Party Structure?

A party structure is a generic term but is defined in Section 20 of the Party Wall etc. Act as either a party wall, floor partition or other structure which separates parts of a building each with separate entrances.

What is a Party Fence Wall?

A Party fence wall is a wall which stands astride the boundary but is free-standing and not part of a building.

What is a Schedule of Condition?

A Schedule of Condition is a type of survey whereby the present condition of a building is recorded. The report usually comprises both detailed description of the condition of the various elements of the building, as well as photographic evidence corresponding to the description.

For party wall matters, only the parts of the building likely to be affected by the proposed works are recorded in the Schedule of Condition.

What is an Award?

This is a written document which is used to resolve the dispute between the building owner and adjoining owner. The award is produced by the appointed surveyors and typically includes the following information:

  • Details of the proposed works, including relevant drawings;
  • Working hours;
  • Method Statements;
  • Any protection required to exposed party walls;
  • Security arrangements;
  • Schedule(s) of Condition;
  • Provision for disturbance, making good and compensation;
  • Expenses of the works;
  • Costs of the Award.

The award may include more or less information than the above, depending upon the complexity of the works and situation.