A party wall or party fence wall is a wall which is jointly owned by neighbours. Other party structures covered by the Act can include floor/ ceiling structures between flats. A timber fence does not count as a party structure.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. Building Owners proposing to start work covered by the Act must give Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act.
If any of the above works are proposed, the building owner must serve a notice on all of the notifiable adjoining owners.
Once you have received a notice, there are three ways in which you can respond: