What are protection works and do I need them?
By Alex Wood
21 March 2018
Protection works are the measures put in place to protect adjoining properties, the people on adjoining properties, the people on your site, and members of the public. They may be temporary and required during construction (e.g. hoardings) or permanent to provide protection as a result of the building work (e.g. retaining walls).
Protection work is the responsibility of the builder or owner of the site where building works are to be conducted (see all the details in the Directors Determination – Protection Work). The owner can use a Form 6 Notice for Proposed Protection Work to notify adjoining owners and provide details on:
- the proposed work
- the protection work program proposed to prevent negative consequences
- sufficient insurance cover
- expected completion of proposed works
- any reports on the existing condition of adjoining properties.
Agreement on protection works can take time:
- Adjoining owners have 3 weeks to respond and can ask for further information.
- Building surveyors have 2 weeks to assess the appropriateness of the protection work.
- Parties have 2 weeks to agree on required insurance.
- Parties have 2 weeks to agree on the condition of adjoining premises.
Pudding Lane can facilitate resolution of protection works but must remain impartial. And we can’t authorise building work to begin until the protection work is agreed, so we recommend getting started early.