Small Wireless Facility Standards & Permitting

The City desires high-quality wireless services to accommodate the needs of residents and businesses. At the same time, the City strives to minimize the negative impacts that small wireless facilities can create. These negative impacts include but are not limited to:

  • Clear zone risk
  • Creating navigation obstacles
  • Fall zone risk
  • Impacts to right-of-way user circulation
  • Incompatible aesthetics with the surrounding area
  • Increased noise pollution
  • Interference with the delivery of other utility services
  • Interference with future travel way expansion plans
  • Interference with right-of-way user sightlines
  • Interference with stormwater management facilities


Due to the many services that must be delivered within its limited area, the City also strives to avoid unnecessary encumbrances within the public right-of-way. The purpose of this Subdivision is to regulate wireless telecommunication facilities within the public right-of-way in a manner that balances the desire for service with aesthetic, public safety, and right-of-way flexibility concerns.

Public rights-of-way are appropriate locations for wireless telecommunication facilities that present minimal impacts (i.e. small pole attachments that do not require new poles, do not require pole extensions, and do not have associated ground-mounted equipment). Wireless telecommunication facilities that require greater heights than can be afforded by existing poles in the public right-of-way and that require ground-mounted equipment are more appropriately sited outside the public right-of-way.