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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office for Community Technology

Broadband & Communications Policy, Cable Regulation & Consumer Protection and Utility Franchises, Licenses & Wireless

Phone: 503-823-5385

111 SW Columbia St, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97201

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The Office for Community Technology (OCT) administers and reviews requests for wireless carrier macro sites located within the public right-of-way (ROW), e.g., attachments on utility poles located near the road or sidewalk.  ROW permits are administrative permits in public streets.  ROW siting and administrative permits are not governed by the zoning code.  

Carriers are required to follow a pre-application notification process for new macro sites proposed in certain residential areas. To view each carrier's authorization to be in the ROW, go to Wireless carrier agreements.  For information on small wireless facilities, see the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Vertical Infrastructure page

Wireless News: PBOT Is Updating City Code

PBOT is also updating City Code to allow the attachment of wireless infrastructure to poles in underground wiring districts (UWD) in the City of Portland.  A City Council Hearing has been scheduled on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave). This item will be on the regular agenda with the time yet to be determined. Please see PBOT’s website for more information and maps of underground wiring districts in the City of Portland. This language will amend current City Code in Chapter 17.60.110 Exemptions Please submit comments or questions to or (503) 823-2513.

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