Shared Use of Poles Code

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Shared Use of Poles Code

  1. Version Control




Distribution Company




Issued for industry comments


Oliver Jones/Max Demko


Ian Luscombe/Luke Farrugia/Anwar Qayyum


Ian Luscombe/Luke Farrugia/Anwar Qayyum


Saman DeSilva

United Energy Distribution

Jim Tsirikis

Table of Contents

1Version Control 3

2Preamble 5

3Interpretation 5

4Disclaimer 6

5Amendments to the Code 6

6Scope 7

7How to Use This Document 7

8Definitions 8

9General Requirements for Shared Use of Poles 11

9.1Agreements 11

9.2Applications 11

9.3Fees 12

9.4Permits and Standards 12

9.5Poles Unsuitable for Shared Use 13

9.6Limited life and staked poles 13

9.7Clearances 13

9.8Method of Attachment of Shared Users Equipment 14

9.9Maintenance, Removal, Disconnection and Ownership of Shared User’s Equipment 15

9.10Effect on Electricity Distribution System 16

10Calculations 16

11Training and Competence, Auditing & Record Keeping 16

11.1Shared User Training 16

11.2Auditing 17

11.3Record Keeping 17

12Electricity Supply 17

13Operation of the Electrical Distribution System 17

14Information – Shared User Types 18

14.1Aerial Cabling & Equipment 18

14.2Radio Frequency Telephone Equipment (Antennae) 33

14.3Signs and Other Minor Attachments on Poles 42

14.4Flags, Banners and other Decorations (or Higher Up) Attachments on Poles 49

14.5Distribution Business Boundaries 54

14.6Distribution Business Fault and Emergency Contacts 55

14.7Appendices 56

  1. Preamble

This Shared Use of Poles Code ("Code"), which supersedes the “Code of Engineering Practice for Shared Use of Poles” (dated 27 February 1996), has been prepared and approved by the Victorian Electricity Distribution Companies ("Distribution Companies") which applies to all new Shared Use installations including All-Dielectric Fibre Optic Cables, Antennae, Signs and Banners.
For technical aspects in relation to the maintenance and/or extension of existing PSTN, Co-Axial Cable, Catenary Strung Cable systems refer to the Code of Engineering Practice for Shared Use of Poles 1996. Notwithstanding this, clearances as specified in the new Code will apply to all new Shared Use attachment.
Amongst other things, this Code sets out:

  • The requirements for the design, construction, attachment, safety, operation, maintenance and removal of Shared User's Equipment Attached to a Distribution Company owned Pole;

Before Shared User's Equipment is attached to a Pole a Shared User must enter into an Agreement with the relevant Distribution Company and where required, submit and have approved an Application for Shared Use by the relevant Distribution Company (Applications requirements are incorporated within an Agreement).

The format and content of an Agreement depends on the type of Shared Use being employed, however, all Agreements will include the commercial and legal aspects of the Shared Use.
Where an Agreement includes requirements which are additional to or exceed those in this Code, then the requirements of the Agreement shall prevail.

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