Building Owner Surveyors


At A & A Party Wall Surveyors, we know that doing construction on your property can be a big task. It involves complex legal duties under the Party Wall Act 1996 and key guidelines for building projects. As a building owner, it’s crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities when planning such projects. Our Building Owner Surveyor Services include party wall advice. They are designed to guide you through this process well. They ensure compliance with all legal requirements.

Understanding the Party Wall Act 1996

The 1996 Act is vital in the UK. It covers construction near party walls, boundary walls, and excavations next to neighbouring properties. Building owners must follow the Act. Doing so keeps their relationships with neighboring owners positive and avoids disputes.

Our Building Owner Surveyor Services

A&A Party Wall Surveyors offer a wide range of services. They are tailored to building owners starting construction projects under the Party Wall Act 1996. Here’s what you can expect from our expert surveyors, including understanding when consent or dissent is issued and how to proceed:

Initial Consultation

We begin by providing a free initial consultation. We will discuss the specifics of your construction project, including when to appoint a surveyor. We will also cover its implications under the Act. This consultation helps you understand your legal obligations and how our services can facilitate compliance.

Party Wall Notices

Our experienced surveyors help you prepare and serve the needed party wall notices. You must serve them to your adjoining owners. We ensure that these notices are accurate and legally compliant and serve as the initial step in a respectful and transparent communication process.

Schedule of Conditions

To protect your interests and minimize potential disputes during building work, we conduct a thorough survey of the adjoining owner’s property, documenting its current condition. This schedule of conditions serves as a reference point to assess any damage caused during the construction work.

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

If you and your neighbors have a dispute, our surveyors can help. They act as impartial mediators. They facilitate discussions to reach agreements. If needed, they help to appoint an agreed surveyor. We aim to resolve conflicts efficiently, preserving both your project’s progress and neighbourly relations even when dissent arises.

Party Wall Awards

Suppose disputes cannot be resolved through mediation. In that case, we help draft Party Wall Awards. These are legally binding. They outline the rights and responsibilities of each party during and after construction.

Site Inspections

Our surveyors conduct regular site inspections to monitor construction progress and ensure compliance with the 1996 Act. This proactive approach helps identify and address potential issues promptly, ensuring that if you need to appoint a surveyor or handle party wall dissent, you’re fully prepared.

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What happens if a Dispute arises?

When a dispute arises over a “party wall,” the wall shared by two properties, several experts are involved to resolve it. A specialist known as a surveyor manages the process. This includes a building owner’s surveyor and an adjoining owner’s surveyor. Sometimes, both owners might choose an “agreed surveyor” to represent them both.

This surveyor inspects the condition of the adjoining owner’s property to assess any impacts from the party wall work. The aim is to protect the rights and responsibilities of both adjoining owners. Consultants, such as assessors or managers, may also help with party wall procedures. 

The outcome is a party wall award. This award outlines the work details, protective measures, and fees associated with the party wall. It ensures that the adjoining properties are safeguarded and that the work is done fairly.

Why Choose A & A Party Wall Surveyors?

  • Seasoned and Qualified Surveyors ready to provide party wall advice and support throughout your project, especially if it’s expected to commence within 14 days.

  • In-Depth Understanding of the Party Wall Act 1996 and how it influences your structure and the appointment of surveyors.

  • Customized Consultation and Services tailored for your specific needs, including how to efficiently commence with the agreed surveyor process.

  • Cost-Efficient Solutions

  • Commitment to Fairness and Transparency in all building work and party wall matters.

Contact Us Today

Embarking on a construction project near a party wall or boundary requires careful consideration of legal requirements and neighbourly relations. Trust A & A Party Wall Surveyors to be your trusted partner in navigating these complexities professionally and efficiently.

Contact Information

Phone: 020 3488 7375


Address:48 Medway Close Ilford IG1 2PW

With our expertise and dedication to your needs, we ensure a smooth and legal construction. We also protect your property rights and your relationships with nearby property owners.


What are the responsibilities of a Building Owner Surveyor?

The responsibilities of a Building Owner Surveyor include inspecting the construction site, ensuring compliance with building regulations, advising on legal matters, monitoring the progress of the project, and resolving any disputes that arise during construction.

How does a Building Owner Surveyor differ from an Agreed Surveyor?

A Building Owner Surveyor is appointed solely by the building owner to represent their interests, while an Agreed Surveyor is appointed jointly by two parties in a dispute to act impartially. The Building Owner Surveyor focuses on the owner’s needs and compliance with regulations.

How much does a Building Owner Surveyor cost?

The cost of a Building Owner Surveyor varies depending on the complexity and duration of the project, as well as the surveyor’s experience and location. It’s important to discuss fees and obtain a clear estimate before hiring.

Can a Building Owner Surveyor help with party wall matters?

Yes, a Building Owner Surveyor can help with party wall matters, ensuring compliance with the Party Wall Act 1996. They can provide advice, prepare notices, and act on behalf of the building owner in any disputes with neighboring properties.

How can a Building Owner Surveyor ensure the safety of a construction project?

A Building Owner Surveyor ensures the safety of a construction project by conducting regular inspections, ensuring compliance with safety standards and building regulations, and addressing any hazards or risks identified during the construction process.

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