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Telephone masts and broadband transmitters on church roofs and premises

Soaring anywhere between 30 and 100 metres, where a spire is part of the fabric, the church tower is often the tallest structure around. This makes it an ideal location for telecommunication devices and broadband transmission equipment, including aerials and phone masts.

For the church this can be a useful source of income but we recommend churches look at our checklist and read our more detailed guidance for more information.

A quick checklist for telephone masts and broadband transmitters

  • Check if Faculty is required and any guidance you need to follow

  • In the interest of openness and transparency we suggest that the local community is made aware of the proposed installation.

  • Be aware of special considerations where there is a school or other care facility in the immediate area

  • Access for repair and maintenance must not compromise the church’s security

  • A procedure for access covering health and safety issues needs to be documented and implemented

  • Make sure the installer has adequate insurance cover in place

  • Make sure you tell us about the installation date and the telecoms provider concerned

Your church policy (subject to regular review of sums insured and indemnity limits) should provide sufficient levels of cover to protect your interests but we strongly advise you read our full guidance and contact us prior to any installation going ahead for advice on 0345 777 3322.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.