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Dear Clifford Schwinger:
 
Usually a party wall, or shared wall, is a legal boundary, (or sometimes a property line) between living units.  Not necessarily a fire wall.  They usually are not regulated by the Building Code
 
A fire wall only adds a certain amount of time for occupants to exit during a fire.  They are regulated by the Code.
 
The two types of walls can be built the same, but are legally separate with individual functions and requirements.
 
With Joy and Hope,
Bob Freeman, Architect
Structural Designer
Integrated Design Services, Inc.