Probably the most common reason for accessing an adjoining owner’s property is to erect a scaffold or hoarding. This might be to ensure safe demolition as part of clearing a site for development or to facilitate new development either at or close to a boundary.
Demolition, dismantling and structural alterations must be carefully planned by experienced practitioners and undertaken in a way that prevents danger and this will include establishing clearly marked exclusion zones with barriers or hoardings if necessary.
The same would apply to the construction of new buildings – if the building has a wall close to the boundary it will be necessary to obtain temporary access over a strip of the adjoining owner’s land and if the wall is 2 or more storeys high a scaffold will be required.
If an adjoining owner does consent to access they will normally want the assurance of a formal License.
A License is normally drawn up with the assistance of surveyors and signed by both parties. It will have a number of conditions to safeguard the adjoining owner and their property and may include a weekly consideration.
A Scaffold Licence would typically include clauses confirming the following (not an exhaustive list):
Prior to any scaffolding being erected a written record of those parts of the adjoining owner’s property which are at risk from the works should be taken together with a set of supporting photographs. This schedule of condition is then attached to the Licence and can be referred back to if damage is reported.