Party Wall
Terminology

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Adjoining Owner

An Owner with an interest in a property adjoining or adjacent to a Building Owner’s property. They must have a long lease or a freehold interest.

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Agreed Surveyor

A Surveyor acting for both the Building Owner and Adjoining Owner acting in an impartial capacity.

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Party Wall Award

The legal document produced by The Party Wall Surveyor/s detailing everyone’s rights and allowing the works to proceed.

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Building Owner

An Owner of a property who desires to undertake building work that comes under the remit of The Party Wall Act.

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Consent

Where an adjoining owner, after being served notice, allows works to proceed without the involvement of a Party Wall Surveyor.

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Dissent

Where an adjoining Owner requires a Party Wall Surveyor to act on their behalf and to form an Award.

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Line of Junction

The boundary line between a Building Owner and an Adjoining Owner’s property.

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Party Wall

A wall dividing a Building Owner’s and an Adjoining Owner’s property; with the boundary usually at the mid-point of the wall.

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Notifiable Works

Building work that comes under the remit of The Party Wall Act, such as raising a Party Wall, cutting into a Party Wall such as to insert steels, excavating normally within 3 metres of an Adjoining Owner’s property.

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Party Wall Notice

A document detailing the proposed works and served upon an Adjoining Owner prior to works commencing.

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