*Understanding Commercial Party Walls: A Guide for Renovations and Changes in Businesses*

Understanding Commercial Party Walls: A Guide for Renovations and Changes in Businesses

Friday 3rd November 2023

Welcome to our blog post on commercial party walls and the importance of having a party wall award in place when undertaking renovations or making changes in your business premises. As a leading building surveying consultancy with extensive experience in party wall services, Tayross Associates is here to provide you with valuable insights and guidance.

1. What is a Commercial Party Wall?
A commercial party wall refers to a shared wall, usually found in buildings such as shops, offices, or industrial spaces, that separates two or more properties. These walls may be owned by different parties, making it crucial to establish legal agreements before carrying out any renovations or modifications.

2. The Need for a Party Wall Award:
When a business intends to undertake construction work that affects a party wall, it is necessary to obtain a party wall award. This legal document outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the building owner (the party initiating the changes) and the adjoining owners (those who share the party wall). The purpose of the award is to protect the interests of all parties involved.

3. Steps to Obtain a Party Wall Award:
a. Notification: The first step is to serve a party wall notice to the adjoining property owners, informing them of the proposed works. This notice provides details about the planned changes and the potential impact on the party wall.

b. Response and Agreement: The adjoining owners have the option to either consent or dissent to the proposed works. If they consent, the process moves forward smoothly. However, if any disputes arise, it may be necessary to appoint a party wall surveyor to resolve the issues through a party wall agreement.

c. Party Wall Agreement: The party wall agreement, also known as the party wall award, is a legally binding document that outlines the rights and obligations of all parties involved. It covers various aspects such as access to the adjoining property, work schedules, and financial arrangements.

4. How Tayross Associates Can Help:
At Tayross Associates, we specialise in commercial party wall services and can provide expert guidance throughout the process. Our team of experienced surveyors will assist you in:
- Preparing and serving party wall notices to the relevant parties
- Negotiating with adjoining owners and resolving any disputes
- Drafting comprehensive party wall agreements that protect your interests
- Ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and regulations

When it comes to renovating or making changes in commercial properties, understanding the importance of party wall awards is crucial. By following the necessary steps and seeking professional assistance from Tayross Associates, you can ensure a smooth and legally compliant process. Contact us today to discuss your commercial party wall requirements and let us help you navigate this complex area with ease.


Here at Tayross Associates, Carl and Mike are both Chartered Surveyors with experience in Dilapidations, Planning Matters, Building Surveying, Building Consultancy, Contract Administration, Project Management, Boundary Disputes and Party Wall related matters. They are happy help with any questions you may have regarding the above.

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