The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 sets out strict parameters where Notice has to be given by one owner to his neighbour in respect of work he proposes to carry out.
Not only does this cover the excavation of foundations for a conservatory, extensions or new property, but also such small items as removal of chimneys, cutting into party walls to insert steelwork and loft conversions.
Whether you are a Building Owner wishing to carry out work or an Adjoining Owner who enjoys rights under the Act it is important to take advice early, even when plans are being prepared. Failure to do so could lead to expensive consequences.
Party Wall Surveyors are not limited to an area in which they practice many of whom travel to resolve problems and to give early advice where appropriate.
You can download an explanatory leaflet from this address