1437 4th Street, Ste. 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
Fax: (310) 393-4425
E-mail: sm.engineering@smgov.net 

Permit Counter
1685 Main Street, Room 113
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8737
E-mail: pwpermits@smgov.net

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Wireless and WiFi Device Permit

 

A "Wireless Facility/WiFi Device Permit" is required to install, repair, or remove any facility in the public right-of-way that transmits radio frequency signals for any purpose.  Wireless permits are not over the counter permits as they require review by multiple departments. Please complete an application and email it and all supporting/required documents to pwpermits@smgov.net. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


A "Wireless Facility Permit" has two levels, minor and major.

Minor - A wireless facility minor permit shall be applicable when (1) a utility proposes to install a wireless facility in the PROW and (2) the proposed antenna will be placed on an existing pole and installed in such a way that it does not result in a material change to the existing pole and (3) any equipment associated with the facility, except the antenna(s), shall be substantially underground. Installations that replace an existing pole with a pole similar in operation and design and which otherwise meet the requirements of this section shall be eligible for a minor permit.

Major - A wireless facility major permit shall be applicable when (1) a utility proposes to install a new wireless facility in the PROW where there is no existing structure and/or (2) the proposed equipment associated with the facility, except the antenna(s) are above ground and/or (3) the proposed facility extends above the height of the existing poles in the immediate neighborhood.


Utilities providing wireless services which qualify for a permit under this section will not be required to obtain a separate excavation permit for any subsurface portion of the facility.

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