Your starting point should be the text of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 which can be found on the Office of Public Sector Information website.

If you find that to be heavy going there are a number of publications and organisitions which help to disseminate the Act:


The most user friendly publication is The Government Explanatory Booklet. It was written with the assistance of working Party Wall Surveyors and provides a very useful overview of the Act complete with diagrams and template notices.

Should you need to serve notice there is a free Party Wall Notice Generator available which takes users through the step by step process of producing a valid notice. The notices produced are in line with those suggested in the Government Explanatory Booklet.

Party Wall Surveyor Organisations

The Pyramus & Thisbe Club is a debating society for party wall surveyors. There is a wealth of information on the site including a directory of members.

The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors – The emphasis of the Faculty is on education. It runs regular seminars for surveyors as well as an accreditation scheme. There is also a directory of members on the site and a feature which allows the public to submit queries. .

Useful Books

There are no books available that have been written for the public although there are several for surveyors:

Anstey’s Party Walls and What to do with them – written by the Late John Anstey but updated in 2005 by his one-time colleague and partner Graham North.

The Green Book – a commentary of the Act written by the members of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club

Party Walls – Misunderstandings & Guidance – a common sense review of the Act which dispels some common misconceptions. Written by the Chairman of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors Alex Frame.

The Party Wall Casebook – an analysis of over 80 leading cases by Paul Chynoweth which have defined case law in the area of Party Walls.

The Law and Practice of Party Walls – written by Nick Isaac of Tanfield Chambers. Nick has over 20 years experience in property law.

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