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Wireless in Santa Monica

Wireless Communications Facilities exist throughout the City of Santa Monica to provide our residents and visitors with fast, reliable wireless service. A Wireless Communications Facility, or WCF, is "any facility established for the purpose of providing wireless transmission of voice, data, images or other information, including, but not limited to, cellular telephone service, personal communications service (PCS), and paging service. A WCF can consist of one or more antennas and accessory equipment." (SMMC 7.70.020(aa)).

In July 2016, the City adopted new regulations regarding Wireless Communications Facilities in order to protect and preserve the health and aesthetic integrity of our neighborhoods (see SMMC section 7.70 Public Right-of-Way Wireless Communications Facilities). Significantly, the ordinance requires that all new installations of Wireless Communications Facilities in the public right-of-way be subject to City review and approval. The City works extensively with wireless carriers and their partners to review Wireless Communications Facility design proposals to ensure that they are appropriately camouflaged and do not otherwise cause unnecessary visual impacts on neighborhoods. Since part of the City is included within the Coastal Zone of the California Coastal Commission, installations in these areas are referred to the Commission for their review and approval in addition to City approval. 

The ordinance further requires that public notices be sent to residents and businesses in the vicinity of the proposed installation and that these residents/businesses be given the opportunity to provide public comment.

Updated January 2018

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