Do I Need a Party Wall Agreement for an Extension?
We all have ideas of how to upgrade our homes.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as going out and doing it. Most adjustments
require permission, and it can take time to do so. A party wall agreement is a
must for anyone wanting to start a project.
This month’s blog at
T J Goodwin & Associates looks
at Party Wall agreements for extensions. For more information, please give us a
call in Norwich on 01263 587 047. What Is A Party Wall
Recently planning rules for extensions have been relaxed
significantly. However, homes that are extended under
development rights will still potentially require a party wall agreement.
An issue with the relaxation is that neighbours may no
longer be made aware that proposed extensions next door are going ahead.
Therefore, the Party Wall Act is beneficial. A Party Wall agreement ensures
that the neighbour doesn’t suffer any damage or loss to their property due to
The Act and the agreement are set in place to help protect
neighbouring properties and any problems that may occur when work is carried
When Do I Need A Party Wall Agreement?
Before carrying out any work, you
must deliver adjoining owners with a formal written notice. This is the Party
Wall Agreement. Normally this needs to be done a couple of months before any
work begins, one month Is sufficient however the earlier the better.
You can choose to
hire a Solicitor or surveyor to do this for you. A good idea is to first
discuss with your neighbours what your plans are before issuing the notice. If your neighbours are tenants or leaseholders,
you will also need to notify the freeholder or landlord.
Is It A Legal Requirement?
In simple form, yes. If your project includes work on a
shared party wall or structure you are required by the law to serve a notice to
your neighbours. If you’re slightly unsure as to what kind of projects would
require the agreement, here are some examples:
Building Foundations Loft Conversions Building Extension Adding a basement Removing a chimney stack
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& Associates For
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on 01263 587 047. Alternatively fill out our contact form and we
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