Arlington County has a new application and approval process for small cell telecommunications facilities. The process started on July 1, 2017.
Follow the instructions on these webpages:
- On Private Property: Small Cell Facilities permit
- Within the Public Right-of-Way: Small Cell Facilities permit
“Small cell facility” refers to a wireless facility that meets both of the following qualifications:
- (i) each antenna is located inside an enclosure of no more than six cubic feet in volume, or, in the case of an antenna that has exposed elements, the antenna and all of its exposed elements could fit within an imaginary enclosure of no more than six cubic feet and;
- (ii) all other wireless equipment associated with the facility has a cumulative volume of no more than 28 cubic feet, or such higher limit as is established by the Federal Communications Commission.
Small cell telecommunications facilities increase capacity to a wireless provider’s network in high-traffic areas. They are typically comprised of an antenna, enclosed or exposed, and associated wireless equipment.
The approval process for small cell telecommunications facilities is in accordance with Senate Bill 1282, enacted by the Virginia General Assembly on April 26, 2017, which establishes regulations for small cell telecommunications facilities seeking to co-locate on existing structures on private property or in the public right of way. A copy of the legislation can be found on Virginia’s Legislative Information System.