A large proportion of complaints against engineers to disciplinary panels come from their lack of knowledge of the Party Wall Act. Its title is misleading as it applies not just to party walls but to excavations up to 6m from nearby buildings. The "etc". is an important part of the title.
The previous similar legislation applied only to central London but in 1997 it was extended throughout England and Wales, affecting a much larger number of engineers. The Act has assumed greater importance for engineers since the fashion for constructing new basements under existing terraced houses has taken hold, especially in London.
This short guidance note includes direction on:
The scope of the Act
- New party walls
- Existing party walls
- 3m and 6m notices
- Floors as party structures
The role of the engineer
- Client's design engineer
- Engineer advisor to adjoining owners' surveyor
Other references and the Act itself must be consulted.
The following material should also be read:
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