A wayleave agreement is a contractual licence which allows us to install, access, repair and maintain its electricity equipment on privately owned land. It is intended to reflect the impact of electricity equipment on land use.
An agreement is required when at least one other party takes their electricity supply from the equipment on your land. It is not required when the installed equipment is only intended to supply the land owner's property.
To help explain wayleave agreements, we have developed a wayleave payments information pack [481kb PDF] which describes the payment process and how to identify NIE Networks equipment on your land.
Wayleaves are paid annually. Your first payment will be 13 months after you have signed the wayleave agreement and annually thereafter. For example, if you sign the wayleave in July 2013, you will receive your first payment in August 2014 and then every August.
If you already have wayleave agreements with us, this new agreement will be paid along with your existing payments.
Please note: As we pay by cheque, if your payment is less than £2 per year, we will wait until it has accumulated before paying.
As we pay by cheque, if your payment is less than £2 per year, we will wait until it has accumulated before paying.
No. At present all wayleave payments are paid by cheque.
No. We do not bill customers. Electricity suppliers bill for your energy usage. Our wayleave system is completely separate.
Yes, however, wayleaves are only payable to the owner of the land. If the landowner has changed you should advise us in writing.
If you received a cheque and remittance form, we suggest you return it writing on it the name of the new landowner. Alternatively, write us a letter or contact us online quoting your grantor number (top right hand corner of remittance form), address and the name of the new landowner.
Contact us in writing:
NIE Networks' wayleave payments
120 Malone Road
Firstly you should check if the equipment only serves your property. We only make payments on equipment which is transporting power to at least one other property. Please contact our wayleave payments team for more information.
No. All cheques have to be crossed for security reasons.
No. We suggest that you nominate someone with a bank account to accept the payment on your behalf.
Wayleaves are only paid by cheque. If you do not have a bank account, we suggest you nominate someone with a bank account to accept the payment on your behalf.
Your grantor number consists of 6 numbers preceeded by a letter.
You will find this on the top right hand side of your payment advice slip.
Please have this number to hand if you contact us to discuss anything to do with your agreement.
Please notify our wayleave payments department in writing clearly stating the name of the new owner e.g. "[insert name] is the new owner of [insert address].
Please date and sign your notification letter and send to NIE Networks' wayleave payments, 120 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5HT.
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