If you plan on building your conservatory attached to or close to your neighbour’s wall, you will need to go through the Party Wall Act 1996. That is because the adjoining property is not yours, and you can’t simply build anything you like. You will have to ask permission.
That is why attaching your conservatory to your neighbour’s wall is not so simple. Here is everything you need to know about it.
The Party Wall Act
You will need to go through this act if you want to build your conservatory on a structure shared with your neighbour’s property, including a wall. As long as there is a free-standing wall between your house and your neighbour’s, you will need to seek permission.
If you are planning to do this, you should start being nice to your neighbours so they can grant you permission. Of course, it is not that easy because you have to fulfil your legal obligation. You have to send an official notice to your neighbour for permission.
The notice should include:
If you are working with Unique Conservatory Systems, we will take care of this for you.
What If The Neighbors Dispute?
If they cannot agree for an extended period, there is still something you can do. According to The Party Wall Act, a Surveyor will be appointed to determine a fair Award.
Each party can appoint a Surveyor of their own, or there can be an Agreed Surveyor. The Surveyors will have to act within their statutory obligations and propose a fair Award. Once the Surveyor makes the Award, and if the parties are still in dispute, they have fourteen days to appeal to a County Court against the Award.
After you have received the agreement to build a conservatory, your work needs to be in compliance with the notice and The Party Wall Act. Yes, this procedure can be dragged out, and that is why it is essential to be on friendly terms with your neighbour. It will make everything smooth, and you will gain permission to build in no time.
That was your complete guide on what you need to do if you want to attach a conservatory to your neighbour’s wall. The Party Wall Act 1996 dictates every aspect of this, and you should read it before you decided to go ahead with this. It will tell you exactly what you need to do to gain permission.
Once you have this permission, you can start building a conservatory. For more information on this, feel free to get in touch with us now.