Telecom Facilities

Telecom facilities are commercial facilities designed for transmitting, receiving, and relaying voice and data signals from various wireless communication devices. For telecom facility applications, review by both the Planning and Building Bureaus are required. The application will start with review by the Bureau of Planning.

Date Posted: July 13th, 2021 @ 4:38 PM
Last Updated: July 16th, 2021 @ 5:44 PM

When Are Permits Required?

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Permits are required for all telecom applications, including the following:

  • Wireless Facilities in the Right-of-Way (new or modified)
  • Wireless Facilities on Private Property (new or modified)

Who Can Be Issued a Permit?

Contractors who are licensed by the State of California with a classification appropriate for the work that will be performed and have a current Business Tax Certificate.

How to Apply

Step One: Planning Review

Complete the Basic Application for Development Review, supplemental information, RF emissions reports, photo sims, and a plan set that complies with the application submittal requirements.

Find your project below and complete the listed application(s):

  1. Facilities in the Right-of-Way: DRX (Design Review Exemption)
  2. Facilities on Private Property - Modified: DS1 (Design Review)
  3. Facilities on Private Property - New (Subject to Zone): CUP (Conditional Use Permit), DR (Design Review)

E-mail your completed application form(s) and all associated plans and documents to or via our Digital Inbox for applications over 20MB.

Step Two (All Applications): Building Permit
  • After you have received Zoning approval, submit your Building Permit application, including a description of all work that will be performed
  • Digital set of plans

Refer to the following forms and checklists as applicable:

Step Three (ONLY for Small Facilities in the Right-of-Way): Department of Transportation Review

  • Submit the following to
    • Traffic Control Plan
    • Plans approved by Utility Company
    • Bond
    • Certificate of Insurance
    • Inspection drawdown deposit


Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If your plans require corrections or if we need further information, we will contact you.

For Over-the-Counter permits:

If your plans are approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. Depending on our workload and the complexity of the project, the process may take between 1-2 months from the date we receive your complete application to the date when we issue your permit.

For other projects:

Once we receive your application, staff will contact you regarding your intake appointment during which your submittal will be reviewed for completeness. It is recommended that you are available for questions during that appointment, but not required.


Call (510) 238-3911

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