How can we help you?
- Free advice to assess whether you are required to serve notice
- Step by step explanation of the process
- Practical estimate of the timescales required, based on your circumstances
- Review of all documents at the outset to minimise delays later in the procedure
- Advice helping you to maintain a good relationship with your neighbours
- Itemised fixed fee quotations (except basement projects)
Do you need to start work urgently?
Let us know if you need to start works urgently and we will fast track your case (at no extra charge). We can usually send notices out within 24 hours of receiving the required documentation. We will also let you know of any further information required to enable us to prepare the Schedule of Condition and Party Wall Award as soon as possible following our site visit.
Of course, please note that we have no control over third parties involved although we will keep making contact with them!
What works are covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996?
This list is non-exhaustive and the "devil is in the detail" but typically:
- Loft conversions
- Side return extensions
- Building works on the boundary
- Excavations within 3m (or 6m for deep excavations) of your neighbour’s buildings
- Demolishing and rebuilding the party (boundary) wall
Please contact us and we will happy to advise whether you are required to serve notice. Emailing plans is the preferred method as we can email you a quote once we have reviewed them.
How long will the Party Wall process take and when can I start works?
This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many possible outcomes to the notices. We advise you to allow at least 2 months from the date of serving notice, although please note that the process may be complete sooner or it may take longer. The timescales depend entirely on the responses to the notices and the co-operation of other parties involved.
We will deal with matters promptly and may be able to fast track urgent cases to minimise delays.
How much will it cost?
Whilst we offer you a fixed price quotation, other costs are hard to budget for precisely. If your neighbours choose to use their own Surveyor, you are usually responsible to pay their reasonable fees and sometimes other related fees.
Please note that basement projects are charged on an hourly basis, due to their complexity.
Can you serve a notice for me and how quickly?
Yes we can, and we recommend using a Surveyor to serve notice on your behalf. If notice is served incorrectly, it would need to be served again and this may delay works. We charge a competitive fee per notice, inclusive of the Land Registry search fees.
Timing depends on the information required to serve notice and whether it is readily available.
Please make contact us and we will review your project and let you know what we information we need. Once we have all the required documentation, we usually send notices out within 24-48 hours.
Where can I find out detailed information about the Act?
We recommend you click on this link to read more: Government Party Wall Guidance.