Small Cell License
Why do I need this Permit?
The City has an interest in having a reliable wireless infrastructure network to serve the communication needs of City residents, businesses, public services, and advanced transportation system management. Wireless service providers are working to expand 5G networks throughout the United States which requires the deployment of small cell technology (small wireless facilities). For additional information please visit the City’s Small Cells Project website. A Small Cell License is required by any local wireless service provider who wishes to install small cells on City-owned street lights, excluding poles within historic districts and decorative light poles. The online application process for a Small Cell License requires the applicant to submit a Form of Pole License. After a Small Cell License is obtained, an encroachment permit is required prior to beginning any construction or installation.
How to Obtain a Small Cell License
Small Cell License Submittal Requirements
*Exhibit A-1 – Pole Location/License Area
*Exhibit A-2 – Licensee’s Conceptual Drawings
*Exhibit A-3 – Form of Acknowledgment Letter
Radio & Antenna Equipment Specifications/Cutsheets
Pole License Administration Fee
*Exhibits A-1, A-2, and A-3 are a part of Exhibit A – Form of Pole License and are only listed separately for reference. A description of information needed for each exhibit is included in Exhibit A – Form of Pole License.
For fee information, see the Fee Schedules.
Coordinating with Other Agencies
To assist you in obtaining your permits, coordination with outside agencies may be necessary. Visit our Agency Coordination List for the contact information of these different agencies.
If you have any questions about the Small Cell Permit application process, please call the Engineering Information Line at 510-494-4700 or contact Engineering staff by Email.