The Party Wall Act
The Party Wall Act is a UK law that was introduced in 1996. The purpose of the act is to set out the procedures to be followed when carrying out certain types of building work that affect neighbouring walls, party fence walls, and excavations near neighboring buildings.
Prior to undertaking any work on a party wall, it is imperative to obtain written consent from both the building owner and the adjoining homeowner. This consent is required regardless of the nature or scale of the project. It is also important to ensure that this permission is documented in writing to avoid any conflicts or legal issues arising.
The legislation applies in England and Wales but does not extend into Scotland or Northern Ireland.