Surveying party walls

This section explains the scope and operation of the Party Wall Act 1996. It briefly summarises the history of party wall legislation and the rights and responsibilities of neighbouring owners, discusses the type of work for which notice must be served, and outlines the procedures to be followed. Key definitions are explained, in addition to a number of practical details where the application of the Party Wall Act is unclear.

The role of the appointed surveyor is discussed as this is a crucial factor in the success of the Party Wall Act within the property industry.

This section is maintained by Nicholas Isaac of Tanfield Chambers and Matthew Hearsum of Morrisons Solicitors.