The City must offer permitting procedures that can process “bulk” Small Cell programs in batches, in 90 days or less, rather than requiring individual permits for each pole or antenna. Each application will result in a revocable Supplemental Site License (SSL). Additionally, Applicants will require an address assignment, electrical permit, and right-of-way (ROW) permit. This batch permitting system ensures that each Small Cell application follows the same procedures and standards as any other user of the ROW.
Each SSL requires a complete review process. The City logs each application for review using an electronic plan review website. Any comments received from the permit review process are accepted and must be addressed by the applicant. Comments that are deemed to have technical merit (identifying unlawful or conflicting proposed infrastructure) are required to be fully resolved by the applicant. If the SSL is issued, the new poles may be constructed. Additionally, any Small Cell facility that is attached to an existing City facility (such as a City-owned streetlight or traffic signal pole, requires a $200 annual fee (akin to rent). The City is prohibited from assessing any annual fee for the placement of Small Cells in the ROW that are freestanding and not attached to any City-owned facilities. In situations where a Small Cell Carrier replaces a City-owned streetlight or traffic signal pole or constructs and dedicates a new streetlight or traffic signal pole to the City, the City does not require a $200 annual fee. Every SSL is revocable by the City under specified circumstances.