How Close To Property Line Can I Build A House?
- Joe Thomas
The required distance that a structure must have between itself and a property line will be different in each area that it is placed in. On the other hand, the needed setback on the side is normally between 5 and 10 feet, and the front and rear require between 10 to 20 feet at a minimum.
Can my Neighbour build right to my boundary?
Tuesday, 30th October 2018 Party Walls – In general, your neighbour only has the right to construct up to the boundary line (line of junction) between the two properties but there are occasions where they can lawfully build on your land. Ground Floor Extension You can offer authorization for them to build a new party wall and foundations on your land.
An existing boundary wall erected on the land of both homes can be pulled down and rebuilt as a new party wall, potentially while your neighbour is constructing an addition. In this situation, the new wall should not reach any farther on to your land than the present wall. Any thickening of the wall, for example, altering it from a single brick wall to a cavity wall, would need to be done on your neighbour’s land.
The foundation of your neighbour’s addition might be erected on your land if necessary, However, in fact, it is extremely seldom essential for a foundation be erected above the border. The foundation for a single story or two storey expansion or new building does not generally need to protrude beyond the border.
- There is no right for your neighbour to construct a reinforced concrete foundation on your land without your consent.
- Loft Extension If your neighbours are constructing a loft expansion then they have the right to increase the height of the party wall.
- The party wall is essentially under joint ownership rather than half the wall belonging to one property and half to the other.
The individual carrying out the task can elevate the party wall for either half or complete width. Basements and Underpinning Your neighbour has the right to support the party wall and in this situation, can install the underpinning on your land although this may be subject to some limitations, particularly if reinforced concrete is used.
If your neighbour is constructing a basement or excavating near to the side of your property, then your neighbour is allowed to underpin or otherwise secure the foundations of your building and subsequently has a right to lay new foundations (underpinning) on your land. This nevertheless is quite unusual.
How close to a property line should a fence be?
There is no right for your neighbour to construct a reinforced concrete foundation on your land without your consent. If you have any concerns about projects that your neighbours may have or would like to know how your own proposals would effect your neighbours, then please do not hesitate to contact us