For installations that require a land use review, the building permit will not be approved for Zoning compliance until the land use decision is recorded with the appropriate county recording office (see detailed information sheet on RF Land Use Reviews). Permits for RF facilities are reviewed internally rather than over-the counter and follow standard building permit review timelines, with the exception of the Zoning approval portion of the permit. The Planning and Zoning review timeline is subject to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) timeline shotclock, which is a federally-required set of deadlines intended to avoid long land use delays in the permitting of cellular facilities. These timeline start the date the application is submitted to the jurisdiction. The Zoning reviewer has:
- 30 days to determine if a permit submittal is complete;
- 90 days for approval of an application to co-locate a wireless facility; and
- 150 days for approval of an application to site a new wireless tower.
More information about federal FCC regulations for cellular facilities can be found on the FCC’s website at: http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/tower-and-antenna-siting