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Publications

Publications

As part of the Faculty’s educational policy, we provide access to party wall related information, which can be found here. 

You can download a copy of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 or the Government produced an Explanatory booklet and the Faculty also produces its Party Wall Explanatory leaflet to guide those who believe they may be affected by the Act.  These can be found under the heading Free Publications.

For the party wall surveyor or those generally that have an interest in party wall matters, we offer two popular books under the Premium Publication section called Misunderstandings and Guidance – The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and the Third Surveyor.

Note that further documents such as Case Law and Legal Opinion are available to our members, in the Members Area.

Free Publications

FPWS Explanatory Guide

This Faculty guide provides an overview of the Party Wall Act and its implications for building owners.

Party Wall etc. Act 1996 Explanatory Booklet

This booklet is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, but intended as a general guide.

The Act - Amendment

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (Electronic Communications) Order 2016. Online and downloadable copies of the Act from legislation.gov.uk.

 

What Do I Do? Flow Chart

A quick reference flowchart, showing the steps required when considering the Party Wall Act.

 

The Act

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Online and downloadable copies of the Act from legislation.gov.uk.

 

Premium Publications

The following publications can be purchased from this site and will be delivered directly to your door.

The complete easy guide to EXTENDING YOUR HOME

Extending Your Home

Over 200 pages packed with useful construction information starting from the planning and design, through all the stages of an extension from foundations to roof including services etc. The book is full of useful illustrations and a must for all those who are not so familiar with building construction techniques.

Price (Inc P&P)

£42.50

A History of Party Walls (700 BC to 1996 AD)

Extending Your Home

Walls are built for various reasons, and research shows that containment is the priority, whether that be for security, such as Hadrian’s Wall, or physical protection, such as fire protection in the Great Fire of London.

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the construction of such walls is important if they are to have their desired effects. Surprisingly, these effects are related to living conditions and, as such, we see public health at the forefront, rather than pure building construction.

Most of the bills that went through parliament (and many that did not) focused on health issues, and the construction of party walls were a by-product of this. As a result, model byelaws were introduced which incorporated the construction of party walls. It took almost 150 years before a pure building construction ‘manual’ of party walls came into being out of the public health issues.


This continued and changed its shape into a dual purpose, one being construction and the other being the legal rights of what can be done to such walls, in what we have today, namely the Building Regulations and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.


We should note that no other country has gone through such turmoil over the years as has England and Wales in the matter of party walls. I trust that you will enjoy learning. 

Price (Inc P&P)

£32.50

Boundary Disputes (A Guide for Surveyors)

Extending Your Home

There have been quite a few books written on the subject of boundaries from different angles and points of view, but unfortunately because there are no codified laws or Acts of Parliament on the subject, we have to work with the information at hand to resolve the disputes of today.

I for one have spent time making a study of the matter and have conducted many talks and seminars to give some explanations and guidance. However, these would only be my considered opinions and are not set in stone or more authoritative than those of anyone else.

It is possible that one day we may have a bill passed through Parliament on the subject, which may help us all, but meanwhile we will endeavour to work with what we have.

It is sad that those that undertake the conveyancing of a property do not concern themselves with the ownership of fences and boundary delineation and only seem to confine themselves to the bricks and mortar of the property itself. It would solve so many problems for the property owners if they at least did some of this in their searches.

In such circumstances, there is no good reason why a seller could not provide a statutory declaration as to the ownership of fences and boundary position if requested by the purchaser.

Nevertheless, I am pleased to be able to deliver this book as a guide to surveyors and any others who wish to practise in this field, basically because I wish to assist those who want to help those that are in dispute with their neighbours.

Price (Inc P&P)

£37.50

Misunderstandings & Guidance

Misunderstandings and Guidance

This book is published by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

*New Edition – Fully Updated & Revised

Misunderstandings & Guidance, Second Edition is available for purchase and costs £31.50 including p&p. This book is easy to read, factual and most importantly to the point. It is a must have for all professional libraries, both private and in the public sector along with the experienced and progressing party wall surveyors. This version published in February 2017 has been updated to include the effects of recent case laws together with further clarification of misunderstandings throughout the book.

Price (Inc P&P)

£37.50

The Third Surveyor

The Third Surveyor

This book is published by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

*New Edition – Fully Updated & Revised

Alex Frame’s book explains the process whereby one arrives correctly at the appointment of a Third Surveyor in a straightforward and comprehensible manner and then proceeds to explain in clear and concise terms the need for extensive and wide ranging abilities and knowledge necessary for a Third Surveyor to be able to provide advice, guidance and assistance to party wall surveyors, including a section at the end of the book providing an example of a Third Surveyor model award.

Price (Inc P&P)

£37.50

WALLS OF HISTORY In England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

The Third Surveyor

This book is published by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

The writing of this book has come about through the author working as a building surveyor who specialises in party walls and boundary disputes, about which he has written many books.

His interest in the construction of walls has followed on from the above, and hence further study has produced this book, which mainly focuses on historic town walls and associated castles.

Very often, there is little left to see of these fortified walls and castles today, but the h author has done extensive research, and much of the information in this book gives details about how the walls and castles came about rather than the exact construction of them, albeit I have attempted to cover that aspect as well.

Price (Inc P&P)

£42.50

CPD Study Course book

Extending Your Home

This book is published by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

This CPD Study Course book is particularly useful for the beginner in party wall surveying or for those who need to quickly accumulate CPD hours but is not to be seen as a replacement for attending CPD events.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is aimed at expanding the knowledge of the participant, whilst satisfying their professional body’s requirements.  Once you have returned the completed questions in Part 11, the Faculty will issue the CPD certificate.

This CPD Study Course book will provide 7 hours of CPD.  After which, if not already a full member of the Faculty, the candidate will have the added bonus of making an application for full membership into the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, subject to the submission of two party wall awards, followed by an interview.

Price (Inc P&P)

£51.50

An Easy Guide

An Easy Guide

This book is published by the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

*Faculty Members wishing to purchase this guide should contact the Administration office for a discount on single and multi-buy options.

An Easy Guide, written by Alex Frame, is well explained, using simple non-technical language, with clear definitions of the terms regularly encountered when dealing with party wall matters.  This is an essential guide for those wishing to undertake party wall works.  It points the reader in the right direction and when to seek professional assistance.

Price (Inc P&P)

£7.00