The Act recognises two main types of party wall. These are referred to as a “party wall” or a “party fence wall”.
A wall is a “party wall” if:
A wall is a “party fence wall” if it is a wall, which is not part of a building, that stands aside the boundary line between lands of different owners and is used to separate those lands (for example a garden wall) – see diagram 4. This does not include such things as wooden fences.
The Act also uses the expression “party structure”. This is a wider term which could be a party wall or a floor partition or other structure separating buildings or parts of buildings approached by separate staircases or entrances (for example flat) – see diagram 5.
Most of us share a wall with our neighbour and the Party Wall Act, 1996 (Click here to see the act in full) protects us when work is being carried out to shared walls.
In addition we can carry out continuous inspections throughout the works and arrange for the engagement where necessary..
We can also arrange all the necessary drawings that a building owner may need to provide his/her neighbour with sufficient information regarding proposed works.
Typical works that should require party wall notification:
You therefore have a duty to notify all affected neighbours of which my client is one.