Louise Dove
Planning and Design
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 came into force on July 1st 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. Anyone intending to carry out work of the kinds described in the Act must give Adjoining Owners notice of their intensions.

Further advice can be provided if this Act applies to your circumstance.
The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors offer a free advice service on all party wall and boundary matters. 

Call the Administration Office on 01424 883300 and they will refer you to a representative of the Faculty who can help. Their website address is