The Party Wall etc. Act was introduced in 1996 and sets out what work a building owner is, and is not, entitled to do in the vicinity of a boundary and what an adjoining owner is entitled to require.
The Act also provides strict timetables and set procedures so that works can be progressed without undue delay whilst ensuring that the interests of all parties are protected.
Where building works are proposed which fall within the scope of the Act, the formal procedures of the Act need to be instituted at an early stage. Failure to follow the correct procedures entails a risk that works may be delayed, and significant costs may be incurred in the event that the works are challenged by an adjoining owner.
BCAL can act as the party wall surveyors for either or both parties and offer a cost-effective and fast method of protecting all parties whilst complying fully with the Party Wall Act.