Previous Electronic Communications Code [Archived]
Previous Electronic Communications Code [Archived]

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Previous Electronic Communications Code [Archived]
  • Licence or lease
  • How should property lawyers approach Code issues?
  • General regime
  • Paragraph 21
  • Paragraph 20
  • Why do Code operators serve counter-notices?
  • Notices under the previous Code
  • Interaction with LTA 1954
  • Contracting out of the previous Code
  • more

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is drafted in the context of the previous/old Electronic Communications Code (the previous Code) (providing guidance in respect of the procedure to be followed when removing telecoms equipment under paragraphs 20 and 21 of the previous Code), but the contents remain relevant for the purposes of the transitional provisions set out in the new Code. It is not maintained and is for background information purposes only.

The new Code (under Schedule 3A, Part 1 to the Communications Act 2003) came into force on 28 December 2017. The transitional provisions in the new Code, set out in Schedule 2 to the Digital Economy Act 2017, provide that while subsisting agreements under the previous Code (ie an agreement under paragraph 2 or 3 or a court order granting Code rights under paragraph 5 of the previous Code) will continue to have effect as an agreement under the new Code, this is subject to modifications, including in relation to termination in respect of certain subsisting agreements. The transitional provisions also preserve the rights of the operator or landowner as appropriate to rely on provisions under the previous Code including making a paragraph 5 application for a court order for a new agreement, or using the paragraph 20 or 21 procedure for removal or alteration of apparatus. For further details