What Is A Party Wall Agreement?
A party wall agreement (which is technically called an award) is the document produced by two party wall surveyors acting for the respective owners. A party wall agreement usually consists of three sections, which are:
- The agreement itself, a set of guidelines governing how the proposed works should progress.
- A schedule of condition of the adjoining property, which is often supported by a set of photographs.
- Drawing(s) showing the detailed of the work proposed.
The party wall agreement will clearly state the details of the two properties, their owners and their addresses. It should also contain full details of the two surveyors.
Other Items Covered
There are a few other items which will be covered on the party wall agreement, including:
- Working hours (which are usually between 8am and 5.30pm) weekdays only of residential work.
- Brief details of the proposed works.
- Assurances regarding the contractor’s public liability insurance.
- Indemnities by the building owner in favour of the adjoining owner.
- Access arrangement for the surveyors.
- A time limit for commencement of the works, usually 12 months.
- The adjoining owner’s surveyor’s fee.
Once the award has been agreed between the two surveyors it is ‘published’. In practical terms, this means that a signed and witnessed copy is sent to the two owners by their appointed surveyors. Although there is a 14 day right of appeal if their owner believes the award to have been improperly drawn up, the award is seldom observed.
An additional copy of the party wall agreement is given to the building owner to be passed on to their contractor.
If you’re based in Middlesbrough, Newcastle or the surrounding areas of the North East and you require additional information on party wall agreements and how we can help you, be sure to get in touch with our team today. We’d love to hear from you and assist you in any way we possibly can.