Access Licence Surveyors
Our Surveyors have assisted on numerous Access Licences over the years
An Access Licence is required when one property owner, who usually intends to undertake construction works, requires access onto a neighbouring owner’s land, property, or air space.
If the proposed works aren’t the maintenance or repair of a structure bordering the neighbouring owner’s property, the only legal right of entry is via an Access Licence.
It is important to note that the owner undertaking the works doesn’t have the legal right of access outside of a licence, and equally the neighbouring owner doesn’t need to grant consent to the access.
An Access Licence is in effect a contract between the respective owners and allows temporary access and easement onto the neighbouring owner’s land or air space. Like any contract the terms will need to be mutually agreed upon.
Typical Access Licence Protections
In our experience common terms of Access Licence agreement are as follows:
In more cases than not, the licence will deal with the rental considerations that the owner requiring access needs to pay the owner who is allowing it. Rental figures can range from hundreds of pounds, to thousands.
The length, term and duration of the access will be resolved within the licence. Key considerations will be setting out the time and manner when the access can take place, while also setting a fixed access term.
In the event of access overstay, damage or additional professional cost requirement, a Security fund is usually held on account acting as Security for future expenses. This sum protects the neighbouring owner.
The Licence will set out the alarm requirements including the trigger settings and response requirements. In many cases access will be into, or over a neighbouring owner’s property, so security is of upmost importance.
Issue and Damage
The Licence will importantly set out the procedures in the event of issue and damage, this ensures that the matter is dealt with promptly and without delay.
The Licence will ensure that Surveyor and associated legal costs are considered and accounted for. The cost liability for these will fall upon the owner undertaking the construction works.
With any legal matter, there are instances where there will be dispute. The Licence will set out the procedures to be adhered to, timings and resolution protocols.
What does an Access Licence Surveyor do?
In administering and agreeing the Access Licence, the Surveyor’s role will be to review the owner’s proposed works from the perspective of the neighbouring property. Ensuring that the risks associated with those works, both short and long term have been fully considered. This ensures both nuisance and potential damage is bought to an absolute minimum.
Access Licence Surveying Costs
Here at Stokemont, we believe that Access Licence Surveying costs should be transparent and clear. As a guide our prices are as below, in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.
Access Licence with access onto one Property
From £1,250 + VAT
Access Licence with access onto two Properties
From £1,350 + VAT
Access Licence with access onto two or more Properties
From £1,450 + VAT
Typical Access Licence Surveying Questions & Video FAQ
Do I have to allow Access onto my land?
What happens if Access is Refused?
Can I charge a rent for Access?
How long does the Access last for?
Who pays the Access Licence Surveyor’s costs?
Access licence costs can include, however are not limited to; Surveyor, Solicitor and Engineer cost.
Here are some Access Licence projects we’ve done in the past:
Perren Street, Kentish Town, NW5
Stokemont’s Building Surveying team were on hand to assist a private client with surveying advice for proposed access that was taking place on their land. While their wasn’t a formal access licence is place, the team were still on call to offer practical and proactive advice.
Timeline: 16 days
Harcourt Street, Marylebone, W1H
The Stokemont Building Surveying team were very pleased to assist a client in obtaining an access and airspace licence for their proposed development and refurbishment works on this large mixed use development on the Marylebone and Edgeware Road borders.
Timeline: 13 days
Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B
Stokemont Building Surveyors proudly assisted a private client in respect of Access Licence requirements for this large terraced property in the heart of Marylebone, a stone’s throw from Oxford street. After much discussion, the access was agreed for excess of 24 months.
Timeline: 22 days
Our team of Surveyors are not only highly experienced but importantly they are also qualified.
We’re proud to confirm our Surveyors hold membership status and accreditation to some of the world’s leading professional governing bodies including; the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the Pyramus and Thisbe Club (P&T) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
I had a great experience with Stokemont who recently carried out a full building survey on a house we are buying. We had an extremely thorough and detailed report sent to us I’d recommend Stokemont to anyone needing a survey.
Thoroughly recommend Stokemont! Professional and knowledgeable. We had a few problems but Stokemont’s experience and advice helped us find the best solution to the problem and moved us forward with no delays. They were quick to respond and always kept us in the loop with the process. Will definitely be using their services again in the future and recommending them to friends/family. Thank you again!
We worked with Stokemont for a RICS survey and have only positive things to say. Thorough, clear, professional, and took time to explain findings in details. Would definitely recommend.
Stokemont was extremely prompt in their responses at every stage and we were assisted on every occasion when needed. The delivery target met our very tight deadline requirements. Will definitely recommend without any hesitation.
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