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Love it or hate it, the Party Wall etc Act 1996 plays an important role in many construction projects.  Much misunderstood and, sadly, misused by many (some surveyors and owners alike), at PBSC we are striving to change the way the Act is used by many.

PBSC : Designing and Surveying since 2003

Acting as Party Wall Surveyors
for Building Owners 
or Adjoining Owners or as Agreed Surveyor

Advice, Preparation

& Serving Notices

First and foremost the Party Wall etc Act 1996 is there to enable certain works and activities to be undertaken by Building Owners. Its use is far-reaching, well beyond just "Party Walls".  Building new walls at or astride a boundary is facilitated by the Act; works to Party Walls and Party Structures can be simplified by the process; excavations near adjoining owners' buildings gain rights to be underpinning neighbouring properties, making deeper excavations possible.

However the Act is not one-side, whilst Building Owners acquire the rights to undertake certain works, measures must be put in place to protect, safeguard and where appropriate compensate Adjoining Owners.

We offer assistance at all stages of the process, from early guidance & advice; preparing Notices; Serving Notices; appointment as Building Owner's Surveyor or Adjoining Owner's Surveyor, and where the owners concur appointment as Agreed Surveyor too.

Where one owner does not appoint a Surveyor, in the instances where they should, then at PBSC we can also discuss taking on Section 10(4) instructions, becoming the Party Wall Surveyor appointed on behalf of a non-responding owner.

Where we are instructed by the Owner proposing the work.

Top Tip:
We recommend taking early advice so that the correct Notices are prepared and Served in good time.


Where we are instructed by the Adjoining Owner affected by the work.


Top Tip:​

Ensure that the actual matters that are in dispute (if any) are made known to the Surveyor.


Where we are instructed by both Owners by mutual agreement.


Top Tip:​

A cost-effective solution for simple proposals and where both Owners wish to be amicable.


Where we are instructed by one Owner for a non-responding Owner.


Top Tip:​

Use this option to stop Owners delaying works or trying to avoid the correct processes.


Where selected by the two Surveyors and progress is not being made by them.


Top Tip:​

Check early-on who the Third Surveyor is.  Selecting the Third Surveyor should be about the first thing the appointed Surveyors do.