Small Cell Permits

Small Cell Right-of-Way Permits

Effective September 1, 2017, the City of Plano has a new application process for small-cell facilities in the public right-of-way.  This process allows for the installation of small-cell facilities on existing, new, privately-owned and publicly-owned structures (ex: traffic-signal poles and streetlight poles) within the public right-of-way.

The new process is in accordance with Senate Bill 1004, Chapter 284, enacted by the State of Texas on June 9, 2017.  Small-cell facilities are typically comprised of network nodes, antennas, associated wireless equipment, and transportation facilities.

Submission & Review Process


Follow these steps for submission, review and approval of installation of small-cell facilities in the public rights-of-way:

STEP 1: Determine Type of Project

Before applying for the permits required for installation of small-cell facilities on new or existing structures within City of Plano public rights-of-way, determine if your project meets the definition of a small-cell facility in the Right-of-Way Ordinance.  Applicant is encouraged to review City of Plano Right-of-Way Ordinance City of Plano Right-of-Way Ordinance.

STEP 2: Registration of small cell network provider

Before applying for the permits, the network provider seeking to install small-cell facilities must register with the City of Plano Engineering Department by submitting a registration form. A Certificate of Insurance is required.

STEP 3: Submit Required Application in-Person at 1520 K Ave., Suite 250, Plano, TX, 75074.

Permit for Installation of Network Nodes, Poles, and/or Transport Facilities: This is the required permit application for all small-cell projects. Traffic Control Plans shall be included within the plans if lane closures are needed. Designate on the application whether the permit is for network nodes, poles or transport facilities. Blank applications can be picked up at the address noted above.

STEP 4: Application Review Process

The following review processes are applicable based upon the type of permit listed below:

City of Plano has 30 days to complete the initial review of each network node permit application and applicants will be notified by the City of Plano Engineering Dept. whether the permit application is incomplete and what specific information is missing.

City of Plano has 30 days to complete the initial review of each support pole permit application and applicants will be notified by the City of Plano Engineering Dept. whether the permit application is incomplete and what specific information is missing.

City of Plano has 10 days to complete the initial review of each transport facility permit application and applicants will be notified by the City of Plano Engineering Dept. whether the permit application is incomplete and what specific information is missing.

Once the application is deemed complete during initial reviews, City of Plano Engineering Dept. will review the entire permit and notify the applicant of approve or disapprove status as follows:

     A. Within 60 days for network nodes.

     B. Within 150 days for support poles.

     C. Within 21 days for transport facilities.

Once the permit is approved, City of Plano Engineering Dept. will notify the applicant of approved status and the applicant can pick up the permit at the engineering permit services counter at Municipal Center, 1520 K Ave, Suite 250, Plano, TX 75074.  48 hours prior to start of work, applicant is required to contact City of Plano Public Works at 972.769.4166.  The applicant has 6 months to complete the work from date of approval.

Application Requirements

 A. A fully completed and signed permit application as noted above (Step 3).  The permit will be issued in the name of the network provider that will own the facilities.

B. All application fees paid at time of submittal.  Currently, City of Plano Engineering Dept. only accepts payment in the form of checks.  Applications will be turned-away if payments do not accompany the applications.

C. If applicable, an applicant proposing collocation on a city-owned service pole must submit a copy of the signed agreement with the city allowing the collocation at the pole’s specific address at the time of filing the permit application.  The contract form will be available soon.  An applicant proposing collocation on any other pole must submit a signed agreement with the pole’s owner allowing for the collocation at the pole’s specific address at the time of filing the permit application. For example, if small-cell facilities will be attached to Oncor’s poles, approval from Oncor is required for each pole and each pole must have a specific address.

D. On the application, each proposed small-cell-facility installation location shall have an address.  Address assignment can be obtained by working with the GIS division in the City of Plano Planning Dept.  Call 972.941.7151 for assistance.  Listing multiple addresses on an application is acceptable. Please provide aerial map of exact locations of proposed facilities.

E. On the application, each proposed small cell installation location shall also designate which zoning district it will be located within.  Zoning district designation helps identify whether the proposed installation will be in historic or design districts or other regulated areas.  Obtain zoning district information by contacting the City of Plano Planning Dept. at 972.941.7151.  The applicant shall disclose if the applicant proposes that the  facilities will be located in: a design district; historic district; within 300 feet of public art; near a historic site, or a structure or landmark recognized as historic by the city, state or federal government; within a park; within a residential district; or in an area that has undergrounding requirements.

F. One (1) set of plans in PDF format on a CD or USB thumb drive and One (1) set of hard copy plans (11”x17” min.) must be included with the application and shall include the following:

1. Approval from the owner of the structure granting permission to the wireless service provider to collocate equipment on each existing structure associated with such permit.

2. Vicinity map drawn to a scale of 1” = 500’ or larger showing the locations of existing structure(s) to which small-cell facilities shown on each application are proposed to be attached.  The map must show strict conformity with all distance and spacing requirements.  All locations will be reviewed for potential conflicts with pending City of Plano CIP projects and any identified conflicts may require revisions to the proposed small-cell-facility-installation location(s).  Identify other small-cell installations within the vicinity.

3. If proposed installation lies within a right-of-way of another agency (TxDOT, NTTA, etc.), the applicant must provide evidence of a permit from the appropriate agency at the time of application.

4. The type(s) of equipment to be attached and/or installed at each location.  The Right-of-Way Ordinance prohibits more than one network node on any one pole.

5. The plans shall show an elevation profile indicating the height and dimensions of each existing structure.

6. The plans shall depict and dimension any and all infrastructure proposed to be installed to support the small cell facility, including but not limited to: any equipment located within the right-of-way, antennas, meters, concealment boxes, grounding equipment, power transfer or cut-off switches, cabinets, vertical cable runs, horizontal fiber runs, and power source locations. Include the cubic feet of antennae, the cubic feet ancillary wireless equipment associated with each facility installation location, and the total cubic feet combined.

7. For equipment attached to poles, State of Texas engineer’s seal, signature, date may be required.

8. For underground transport facilities plans, bore work require profile at all crossings for twelve (12) inches or larger water and sewer lines.  As-built drawings of City of Plano existing water, sewer, and storm lines can be obtained by contacting City of Plano Planning GIS division at 972.941.7151.

9. If applicable, provide Traffic Control Plan (TCP) for review.

10. Provide a dated aerial photograph of the overall site depicting the site’s relation to major streets and highways and poles.  For any application requesting a new pole, “street view” photos are required showing the before and after conditions.

11. An analysis indicating that the proposed facilities will not interfere with city safety communications.

12. For transport service, if third-party transport services are used, the applicant must provide documentation that the third-party provider is paying city fees and that the applicant has received written permission to use the specifically addressed transport services.

Application Fees

The following fees are due at time of submittal of the application for the small cell right-of-way permit:

  • $500 for each permit application containing up to five (5) network nodes. Maximum of 30 network nodes per application.
  • $250 for each additional network nodes beyond five (5).
  • $1,000 for each new network-node-support pole.
  • For electric permit fees and submittals, please contact Building Inspections at 972.941.7140.

Monthly and Annual Fees

The city collects all monthly and annual fees permitted by Senate Bill 1004, Chapter 284, for small-cell facilities on an annual basis.  All fees will begin to accrue six months after approval of the right-of-way permit.  Small Cell Agencies will receive separate requests for payment of these fees.  Annual fees will not be pro-rated or delayed; for example, permit holders incurring fees for the first time in August of any particular year will be charged the same annual fee as those incurring fees for the first time in March.

More Information & Submittal Location

City of Plano Engineering Dept.1520 K Avenue, Suite 250, Plano TX 75074 Voice: 972.941.7152
Walk-In Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Payments accepted Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.