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Building Control – The Party Wall Act 1996

The Party Wall Act 1996

The Party Wall Act 1996 ("the Act") came into force on 1st July 1997 throughout England and Wales. If you intend to carry out work which involves one of the following categories:

  • Work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property (section 2 of the Act)
  • Building a free standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property ( section 1 of the Act)
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building ( section 6 of the Act)

You must find out whether that work falls within the act. If it does, you must notify all affected neighbours.

The act is separate from planning or building regulations control. You must remember that reaching agreement with your neighbour under the act does not remove the possible need for planning permission or building regulations approval.

The Party Wall Act 1996 is civil legislation and is not enforceable by the local authority.

An explanatory booklet is available from Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend.

Contact us at-

Building Control
Development Group
Communities Directorate
Bridgend County Borough Council
Civic Offices
Angel Street
CF31 4WB

Tel: 01656 643408    Fax: 01656 643190    E-mail:

Last Updated: 30/09/2016
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