The Party Wall Act came into force throughout England and Wales in 1997. We can offer advice and act on your behalf through the entire party wall agreement process. You will likely require a strong Party Wall Agreement or Award strong if you plan to do any of the following. Carry out building works on a wall or structure shared with another property. Construct a wall, either free-standing or part of a building, up to or abutting the boundary with a neighboring property. Excavate near a neighboring property. We can offer advice and act on your behalf through the entire party wall agreement process. What is a Party Wall? A party wall is a wall that stands along the boundary of land between at least two different ownerships. This definition covers walls that run along the boundary between two gardens and shared walls between semi-detached and terraced houses. Walls the stand on land within single ownership, but are used by at least two owners to separate their properties, will fall under the Party Wall Act. If you need to use a party wall as a structural component of your new construction, underpin it or build foundations in close proximity to it, it is likely that a Party Wall Agreement or Party Wall Award will be needed. The Party Wall Agreement is a signed document drafted by one (or both) of the property owners involved, describing the work that is to be carried out and detailing any special conditions dictated by either party.