Ross Elliott Surveying

Services under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996

Party Wall

In 1997 the Government introduced party wall legislation across the whole of England & Wales in the form of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Act provides a framework for preventing or resolving disputes in relation to:

  • party walls
  • party structures
  • boundary walls
  • excavations near neighbouring buildings.

If you are the building owner, and you intend to carry out building works I can help you:

  • advise you of your responsibilities under the Act.
  • serve party wall notices.
  • prepare and agree an Award.
  • produce a schedule of condition, to ensure that you are not held responsible for any pre-existing defects.

If you are an adjoining owner, and your neighbour is carrying out building works I can:

  • advise you of your rights under the Act.
  • ensure all controls are in place to minimise the risk of damage to your property.
  • monitor the building works and identify any damage to your property.


I am a Member of The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. For additional information, please click the link below:
The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

Additional RICS guidance is also below:
RICS Consumer Guide: Party Walls