Obtaining wayleaves

What they are, how they work and who to contact if you need help

Wayleave agreements give us permission to install and maintain our apparatus on privately owned land or some types of buildings, such as apartment blocks.

What’s a wayleave agreement?

A written legal agreement between us and the land or property owner. It gives us permission to install, maintain or repair the network equipment that’s on their property.

When do we need a wayleave?

We need to have a wayleave agreement in place to install or repair Openreach equipment on private land, or inside a property, where it provides service to people who aren’t the legal owner of the land or a property, such as an apartment building. For example, providing services to a tenant.

When don't we need a wayleave?

If a land owner has asked for our service and is working with us on an associated project, we may not need a wayleave. This will be discussed and confirmed in the scope of any project or service request as necessary.    

Who to contact about wayleaves


  • What's a wayleave application?

    If we need permission to install  new apparatus on private land, we'll send the landowner a wayleave application.  This includes the route plan, wayleave agreement and an explanation of why we need permission.  Once this has been signed and returned to the wayleaves team, this gives us permission to install the apparatus on the landowner's land.

  • You’ve sent me a wayleave application for my land. How long do I have to sign it?

    We can’t do any work until we’ve got your signed document. So please send it back to us as quickly as you can.

  • What if I don’t want to sign the wayleave?

    Please talk to us about your concerns and seek legal advice if necessary. We do have some legal powers under the Electronics Communication Code that mean we can gain consent via the court to install apparatus on your land. But we don’t want to use these unless we absolutely have to, and we will make best endeavours to explore all alternative options available to us.

  • How long does a wayleave last?

    Usually a wayleave is an ongoing agreement without an end date. So it’ll continue to apply to the apparatus it covers, even if the owner of the land or property changes.

  • Will you pay me for a wayleave on my land?

    Yes, but only if the wayleave is for apparatus on your property that will provide service to a third party. This is someone who you’ll be legally unrelated to. We have standard rates which you can ask to see.

  • I have a wayleave agreement with Openreach and I need to change my contact or payment details. How do I do that?

    To change your contact details fill in this form to let us know.

  • I have a wayleave agreement with you and you’ve asked me for my bank details. Why?

    To change or give us your payment details fill in this form. You only need to do this if you already have a wayleave agreement with us, and it states that we’ll pay you for it.

    If you get wayleave payments from us by cheque, we might have asked you to give us your bank details so we can pay you by BACS. This means we’ll put the money directly into your bank account. So you’ll get your payments faster than if we have to send you a cheque.

    If you’re already getting your payments by BACS, you can also use this form to tell us if your account details have changed.

    If you don’t give us your bank details we’ll send you cheques for any wayleave payments.

  • What are flying wires?

    These are wires which “fly” across one property from telegraph poles on another property. We’re sometimes allowed to install these without needing a wayleave, but only if:

    • we don’t need to enter the property to do it
    • the wires are 3 metres or more
    • they don’t interfere with normal business at the property.