Party Wall Advice | Carless & Adams Partnership

Party Wall Advice

Party Wall Advice


Carless & Adams Partnership provides expert party wall advice for all party wall matters, acting for both building owners and adjoining owners of residential and commercial property. We are able to offer advice to a wide range of private and public sector property owners including developers, local authorities and housing associations.

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, applicable throughout England and Wales, is an enabling Act which allows legitimate works to proceed. The Act helps to safeguard the interests of the building owner and adjoining owner whilst construction work is in progress. The Act also provides a framework for preventing or resolving disputes that potentially could arise between the building owner and adjoining owner in relation to such construction works. The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 places a legal duty upon any building owner proposing works that are covered by the Act, to notify the adjoining owner(s) of their intentions. Depending on the type of work being carried out, the notice must be served at least one month or two months prior to the date the proposed works are due to commence.

Carless and Adams Partnership are able to advise appointing owners through the process and assist in the preparation of formal documentation to enable works to proceed.

For building owners intending to carry out construction works covered by the Act, as the appointed building owner surveyor, Carless & Adams Partnership can:

  • Review proposed works and help you identify which neighbouring properties fall within the scope of the Act.
  • Serve the relevant party wall notices on all adjoining owners (for the purpose of the Act, anyone who has a legal interest in the property of more than 12 months).
  • Liaise with the adjoining owner(s) and/or the adjoining owner surveyor(s).
  • Prepare and agree the party wall award. Serve the party wall award on the building owner.
  • Undertake a survey of the adjoining owner(s) property and produce a Schedule of Condition to be appended to the party wall award.

For adjoining owners whose neighbours are proposing to carry out construction works covered by the Act, as the appointed adjoining owner surveyor, Carless & Adams Partnership can:

  • Advise the adjoining owner of their rights under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
  • Review and confirm that the served party wall notices are valid.
  • Liaise with the building owner surveyor.
  • Prepare and agree the party wall award. Serve the party wall award on the adjoining owner.
  • Undertake a survey of the adjoining owner’s property and produce a Schedule of Condition to be appended to the party wall award.
  • Identify any damage, if applicable, on completion of the construction works.
  • Note: under the Act, the building owner is required to pay professional fees on behalf of the adjoining owner.

Carless & Adams Partnership are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. For an  initial consultation or to get the party wall process underway immediately, call our Building Surveying department now on 01628 665131.