The Party Wall etc Act 1996 substantively re-enacts the London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939 which previously only applied to London. The provisions of the 1996 Act apply throughout England and Wales.
The legislation requires a building owner to give at least one month's notice if he wishes to build a party structure where none exists1. If the adjoining owner consents within 14 days, the wall is to be built half on the land of each owner or in such position as they agree. The expense of building is agreed between them or in an appropriate proportion considering the use
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