Small Cell Antennas in the City's Rights-of-Way
Resources and Links
- Ordinance authorizing Installation of Telecommunication Equipment in City Right-of-Way
- Regulations for Installation of Telecommunication Equipment in City Right-of-Way
- Permit Application for Installation of Telecommunication Equipment in City Right-of-Way
Director of Public Works
As a result of increased demand for wireless broadband service and developments in wireless communications technology, cellular service providers have begun installing small short-range antennas as part of their network. While the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance regulates the installation of antennas on private property in the City, the City can regulate installations in City rights-of-way.
Federal law requires that local governments allow the installation of small antennas and related equipment in their rights-of-way and limits their authority to regulate the installations and the fees they may charge for installation permit applications, for use of the right of way, and for attachment to government-owned poles.
The City Council enacted legislation to regulate some aspects of cell tower installation within the right of way including location, placement, aesthetics, notification process, and fees. Montgomery County zoning codes govern where wireless telecommunication facilities can be sited on private property and governs setbacks from dwellings. The Ordinance and Regulations can be found in the Links section below.
Registered Small Cell Antennas
|Date received||Date certified complete||Location||Public Meeting time/date/location||Initial RF / Annual RF|
|2019-07-16||09/10/19||902 Merrimac Drive||TBD||TBD|