If you`re considering removing a chimney breast from your property, you may be wondering whether you need a party wall agreement to do so. In short, the answer is yes – it`s likely that you will need to obtain a party wall agreement before you start work. Here`s what you need to know.

Firstly, let`s recap what a party wall agreement is. In the UK, the Party Wall Act 1996 provides a framework for resolving disputes between neighbours relating to work that affects party walls (i.e. walls that separate two properties). The Act states that if you plan to carry out work on a party wall, or within a certain distance of it, you must give your neighbours notice of your intentions and obtain their written consent. This is to ensure that both you and your neighbour are protected in the event of damage or disputes arising from the work.

Now, let`s consider removing a chimney breast specifically. Depending on the location of the chimney breast, it`s highly likely that it will be connected to a party wall. This means that if you plan to remove the chimney breast, you will likely need to obtain a party wall agreement from your neighbours.

However, there are some exceptions to this. If the chimney breast is located entirely within your own property (i.e. it doesn`t share a wall with your neighbour), you may not need to obtain a party wall agreement. Similarly, if you`re only removing the chimney breast from one half of a party wall, you may not need to obtain your neighbour`s consent (although it`s still a good idea to inform them of your plans).

It`s worth noting that even if you don`t technically require a party wall agreement for chimney breast removal, it`s still advisable to speak to your neighbours about your plans and ensure that they`re comfortable with the work taking place. This can help to avoid any potential disputes or damage to your relationship with your neighbours.

So, in conclusion: it`s likely that you will need to obtain a party wall agreement before removing a chimney breast from your property. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, depending on the location of the chimney breast. Either way, it`s always a good idea to inform your neighbours of your plans and ensure that you`re on good terms before starting any work.