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.
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
Do I have to allow Access onto my land?
No, you don’t. You have the legal right to refuse an access request and do not need to provide any form of reasoning.
It is your land and therefore how it is used is at your discretion.
We’d always advise on allowing access subject to an Access Licence being in place.
What happens if Access is Refused?
If access is refused and the neighbouring owner isn’t willing to enter into discussions surrounding the matter. There is nothing you can do to force them into an access licence and agreement.
The works will need to be redesigned removing the need for access.
Can I charge a rent for Access?
Yes, as it is your land, you are within your legal rights to charge an access rent.
This can be on a daily, weekly or monthly rate.
We’ve seen access rents start at hundreds of pounds, going up to hundreds of thousands.
How long does the Access last for?
Providing the access is agreed via Access Licence, it tends to be for the reasonable period of time it will take to complete the works.
We’d always advise discussing these timeframes with the Contractor and Access Licence Surveyor to ensure they are as accurate as possible.
Who pays the Access Licence Surveyor’s costs?
The costs will be borne by the person who is gaining the benefit of the access.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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