Party Wall Surveys & Services In Attleborough

September 11, 2020
Party Wall Surveys & Services In Attleborough


For over 20 years, have been trusted as renowned Party Wall specialists to deliver projects and secure people's homes in Attleborough.


Alterations to party buildings (usually walls, but may also be floors), construction of new boundary walls, and excavation near to adjacent properties are all unique forms of work covered under the Party Wall etc. Act of 1996.

Here are some examples of tasks that are probably protected by the Act:

  • As part of a loft renovation, a hole will be cut in the adjoining wall to install lighting.
  • Party wall chimney breasts must be removed.
  • Preparing the ground for a new addition that is less than three metres away from an existing or shared structure.
  • Extension of a basement is made possible by underpinning a shared wall.

If a construction project falls within the purview of the Act, the owner of the building in question must give notice to the neighbouring property owner who stands to be negatively impacted by the work. If the neighbouring property owner does not give their consent, the two property owners are considered to be "in dispute" under the Act, and surveyors must be appointed so that the dispute can be resolved through a Party Wall Agreement (commonly referred to as a "Award").

If the two designated surveyors fail to set any of the problems in dispute they can make a reference to a formerly picked Third Property surveyor.

Party Wall Solutions in Attleborough has a team of 12 people, including seasoned party wall surveyors, assistant surveyors, and also skilled party wall managers, to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.

From our hub in Attleborough, we serve the entire inner M25 region, so if you're thinking about starting a project that falls under the Act's purview or if you've received a notice about suggested work that could affect your property, you're more than welcome to get in touch with us for advice.

Party Wall Studies & Solutions In Attleborough

Party Wall Solutions is an integral part of all of our construction analyses. The Party Wall Surveys are carried out by qualified, impartial professionals who are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
A Party Wall is a dividing wall between two buildings for which the building owners share responsibility. The Party Wall Surveyors at our company can offer advice on a wide range of Party Wall difficulties that could be plaguing your property in Attleborough.

What Is A Party Wall Survey?

For properties that are separated by a common wall, it is common practise to hire a Party Wall Surveyor in Attleborough to assist with the planning and administration of a Party Wall Honor or Arrangement in accordance with the Party Wall Act of 1996.

Surveyors from Party Wall Solutions can evaluate the Party Wall and its location in relation to both private buildings on behalf of either the Building Owner or the Adjacent Proprietor, and then make objective recommendations to the Building Owner or the Adjacent Proprietor about any planned alterations to the buildings or repairs that may be necessary.

Can I get by without a PARTY WALL SURVEYOR?

Any of the following could use the advice of our Party Wall Surveyors in Attleborough:

  • Renovating the fence between two properties
  • Modifying a Party Wall (for example, elimination of a smokeshaft bust or insertion of a steel sustaining beam).
  • Dismantling and/or reconstruction of an existing Party Wall.
  • Changing a boundary wall's location or construction after a Line of Joint Notice has been issued.
  • Digging within a three-to-six-meter radius of an adjacent structure.

Any work on a Party Wall requires a Party Wall Notice to be served in advance.

Why Should You Select Party Wall Solutions As Your Party Wall Surveyors?

Neutral and independent RICS Surveyors, we regularly assist building owners and adjacent property owners with Party Wall issues of varied degrees of complexity.
Party Wall Surveyors at our Chartered Surveyors-run firm are active members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.
As the building's owner, you should always prioritise maintaining cordial relations with your next-door neighbour before serving them with Party Wall Notices in Attleborough.

We are Experienced Party Wall Surveyors and Building Surveyors

That We Are

We have offices in Central Attleborough and Surrey in addition to our main one in North Attleborough, and our staff includes seasoned RICS Chartered Surveyors, Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Participants of the Chartered Institute of Building, RICS Registered Valuers, and RICS Accredited Mediators.

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What We Do

Our surveyors have extensive knowledge in all aspects of residential surveying, including but not limited to: Party Wall Agreements; Home Valuations; Pre-Purchase Surveys; Residential Property Dispute Mediation; and Limit Disputes. If you need assistance with any Evaluating-related matters, you can count on us to be well-informed, skillful, and easily accessible.

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Exactly how We Do It

Our Chartered Surveyors and Building Surveyors at Party Wall Solutions Surveyors are not only qualified, but have years of expertise in the fields of Party Wall Surveying and Residential Checking as well. You may rest assured that you will be kept in the loop on the status of the Evaluating procedure thanks to our state-of-the-art client website.

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Do I need a party wall contract?

When is it necessary to file a party wall notification or enter into a party wall agreement (also known as a party wall award)? If you need permits to carry out construction work, our manual has all the answers you need. How to find a party wall surveyor if you need one is included.

When would I need to set up a party wall agreement?

  • Party walls are the shared walls between two properties, such as in a semi-detached or balcony configuration.
  • Garden walls that extend above the permitted height and excavations too close to a neighbour's property are also prohibited (within 3 or 6 meters, depending upon the depth of the brand-new structures).
  • Party Wall Agreements are typically needed for residential construction projects including loft conversions, installing damp proof courses, and digging new foundations (as would certainly be called for in developing an expansion).

Acquiring approval for party wall building works.

  • A formal Party Wall Contract from all affected neighbours is required by the home owner (Building Proprietor) before any construction work can begin on the party wall (Adjoining Proprietors).
  • A Party Wall Honor Survey may also be prepared by a surveyor (the agreed record laying out exactly how the works need to advance). To help you quickly locate reliable local Party Wall Surveyors, we offer this useful service at no cost to you.
  • To get started, a homeowner must give written notice to their neighbours about planned party wall improvements.

Serving a party wall notice.

The service of notice can be done for free using standard forms or for a set charge by a party wall surveyor. Typically, a letter of acknowledgement asking the neighbour to come back and complete is also sent.

Two months' written notice is required for construction projects that will impact a party wall or limit, while one month's notice is required for excavations.

A Party Wall notice can be served without the need for prior planning approval, and once served, the property owner has up to a year to make the proposed renovations.

Getting assent.

There are three conceivable outcomes after the fourteen-day response period following the service of notice on a neighbour.

i) The neighbour signs a written agreement stating his or her satisfaction and expecting the property owner to fix any issues.

  • For cases like these, neither appointing a party wall surveyor nor having a Party Wall Honor is necessary.
  • The homeowner should take photos of the party wall on specific dates and, ideally, have written notes of any cracks that have been agreed upon by all parties, with copies of both.
  • A surveyor could be hired to conduct an inspection and make a condition report to lessen the potential for disagreements down the road. This should be completed prior to the start of the project.

ii) If the neighbour dissents (or if they do not NOT respond within 14 days, in which situation, they are assumed to have actually dissented), a Party Wall Honor is required.

One Concurred Surveyor, who can work impartially for both parties, can be appointed by the property owner and the neighbour within 10 days.
The agreed-upon surveyor should be impartial and not the same person the homeowner plans to hire for their own projects. As a result, their next-door neighbour is not inclined to accept the surveyor's impartiality.

The "Award" is a document that the Agreed Surveyor produces, including the suggested repairs and a schedule of problem, complete with photographs of the affected property.
The hourly rate for a surveyor is typically between £150.00 and £200.00, and the cost of a party wall honour and surveyor is close to £1000.00.
A few engineers also have the skills necessary to work as surveyors.

iii) Individual homeowners appoint their own surveyors. This can get expensive for a homeowner who must pay for both their own surveyor and the neighbour's.

All of the neighbour's options should be laid forth in the notification in plain detail.

Preserving good connections with your neighbours.

  • Party Wall notices can be difficult to post via a neighbour's letterbox, so it's best to have a friendly discussion with them first.
  • The simple act of sharing tea can do wonders for easing tensions and fostering understanding. This is an opportunity to show rough draughts and discuss future endeavours. It's also important to note that a formal notification will be made at a later date.
  • Your neighbour is within their rights to inquire about your surveyor and/or building company's contact information for the sake of gathering more facts and feeling more at ease.

Usual blunders.

  • i) not providing adequate notice.
  • If you have a terraced home, the construction may have an impact on your neighbours on both sides. A homeowner who is located adjacent to apartment buildings may need to give notice to a large number of individuals.
  • iii) it lacks sufficient detail or fails to provide a clear description of the endorsed task. When posting notices about excavations, for instance, it's important to be as specific as possible with respect to the building's design.
  • iv) giving inadequate or inconsistent notification. Excavating deeply into foundations requires a different kind of notice than digging near a party wall.
    There may be multiple types of notice that need to be served on all of the neighbours impacted by a single construction project.


  • Construction can begin after two months and sometime, if the party wall honour is settled upon.
  • After a year, construction work should have begun.

Party walls and building work

Making an agreement with your neighbours

After receiving your notification, your neighbour may:

  • submit written consent to start
  • alternatively, submit written refusal of consent, which will begin the dispute resolution procedure
  • If they make money off of the jobs, serve a counter notice demanding further work be done at the same time (at their expense).

In the event that your neighbour agrees to your notice, they must inform you in writing within two weeks, and you must do the same if you wish to issue a counternotice. Within one month of the initial notification, a counter notice must be provided.

You should get a response from your neighbours. Never think that silence means they are on board with what you're proposing.

Failure to respond to your notice within the allotted time will also trigger the dispute resolution process.

That spends for the job.

Any form of construction work that you initiate on a party wall will certainly need to be funded by you.

If the work is necessary owing to issues or a lack of repair service, your neighbour may be responsible for paying a portion of the cost. If they request additional, beneficial work to be done, they will also be expected to pay for it.

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