Party wall

What we Do

At Timothy James we offer specialist expert advice on Party Wall matters with competitively priced fixed fees.

We offer free, no obligation advice to help you understand the requirements of the Act. If you need a Party Wall Surveyor our fast professional service will ensure your interests are protected at every stage

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 imposes a legal requirement on building owners, that propose to carry out certain building works, to serve notice on their neighbours. This enables works to commence under a set time frame whilst protecting the interests of both neighbouring owners.

Timing in Party Wall matters is critical if you are the Building Owner and are planning on carrying out some work. Discussion with your neighbours can save much time and money if you act early enough. We can offer free advice at this key stage and help you avoid some of the problems that can occur.

Fees for Party Wall services can vary wildly and its well worth checking costs before you instruct a surveyor. We offer a 'Fair Price' guarantee and will send you a no obligation, written Fixed Fee Quotation that you can compare. Please click the adjacent button to see our current fee structure, we are confident you will find our rates competitive.

Our Services
  • Free No Obligation Advice - Fixed Fees

  • Preparation & Serving of Party Wall Notices

  • Act as Building Owner, Adjoining Owner or Agreed Surveyor

  • Schedule of Condition Surveys

  • Preparation of Party Wall Awards

Accreditation

​In addition to our RICS professional membership we are accredited members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors (MFPWS) The Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers (ISSE) the Institution of Occupational Safety Health (IOSH) and The Association of Project Safety (APS)

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996​

The Party Wall Act etc. 1996 is a legal framework that applies in England & Wales to enable certain works to be carried out, without excessive delay, or expensive legal action. Whilst it enables Building Owners to carry out the proposed works it also, importantly, protects the interests of neighbouring adjacent Adjoining Owners.

What Works Are Notifiable?

Building Along the Line of Junction (Boundary)

Section 1

If you are building on your property you have rights to build right up to the boundary (line of junction). This can give you rights under the Party Wall Act but you must serve Notice on the Adjoining Owner under Section 1

Works Physically Affecting the Party Wall

Section 2

Certain works to the Party Wall require a Notice being served under Section 2/3 of the Act. Maybe you are having a loft converted and need steel beams to be inserted in to the Party Wall, this would require a Notice to be served

Excavations Near a Neighbouring Structure

Section 6

If you plan to excavate within 3 metres of a neighbouring structure you will likely have to serve Notice under Section 6. Most rear extensions to semi-detached, or terraced properties, will require this. Contact us for more advice

Official Guides

The Following Are Official Guides You Can Click to Download...

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The Party Wall Act

etc. 1996

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Official Government Guidance Leaflet

BUILDING OWNER

If you are planning on having work done we recommend that you get your Party Wall responsibilities handled early, failure to do so could mean your neighbour is more likely to approach you and ask for an Award, meaning delays could occur. 

 
 

ADJOINING OWNER

Is your neighbour planning to have some work done?

Have they served you a Party Wall Notice?

Depending on the type of work they are planning, you may wish to have a professional ensure everything is as it should be legally and your interests are protected. If so, give us a call, we are more than happy to give you some free advice. 

ARCHITECTS

At Timothy James we offer a free Party Wall 'Health Check' service for designers and Architects. Just email us the plans of the project and we will advise you if your clients plans do invoke the Party Wall Act.

Providing this additional service to your clients early on, for free, can often ensure a far smoother development of their project

 

AREAS WE COVER

Brighton, Hove, Lewes, Steyning, Shoreham-by-Sea, Portslade, Worthing, Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Cowfold, Horsham, Billingshurst, Washington and more.

 

The Highway,

Brighton,

BN1 4GD.