City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.355A
Section 17C.355A.040

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.355A Wireless Communication Facilities

Section 17C.355A.040 Collocation of Antennas, DAS, and Small Cells
  1. To the extent not otherwise covered by Chapter 17C.356 (Eligible Facilities Requests), collocation and new wireless communication antenna arrays are permitted in all zones via administrative approval provided that they are attached to or inside of an existing structure (except on the exterior of pole signs or anywhere on a billboard) that provides the required clearances for the array’s operation without the necessity of constructing a tower or other apparatus to extend the antenna array more than 15 feet above the structure.

  2. Installation requires the granting of development permits prescribed by chapters 17G.010 and 17G.060 SMC.

  3. For antenna arrays on City-owned property, the execution of necessary agreements is also required.

  4. If any support structure must be constructed to achieve the needed elevation or if the attachment adds more than 15 feet above the existing structure, the proposal is subject to Type II review. The limitation to15 feet applies to cumulative increases and any previously approved additions to height made under this section must be included in its measurement.

  5. Any equipment shelter or cabinet and other ancillary equipment are subject to the general development standards of SMC 17C.355A.070.

  6. Distributed Antenna Systems and Small Cells.

    1. Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells are allowed in all land use zones, regardless of the siting preferences listed in SMC 17C.355A.050.

    2. DAS and small cells are subject to approval via administrative review only unless their installation requires the construction of a new utility support structure or building. Type II review is required when the applicant proposes a new utility support structure or building.

    3. Multiple Site DAS and Small Cells.

      1. A single permit may be used for multiple distributed antennas that are part of a larger overall DAS network.

      2. A single permit may be used for multiple small cells spaced to provide wireless coverage in a contiguous area.

Date Passed: Monday, November 2, 2015

Effective Date: Monday, November 2, 2015

ORD C35312 Section 2