Telecommunication Equipment Installation

Process information on permitting small cells, 5G antennas, or fiber lines.


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Equipment in the Public Right-of-Way Equipment on Private Property Fiber Installation (aerial or underground)

Telecommunication devices are essential for the growth of a city. These include things like:

  • Fiber lines,
  • Small cell poles,
  • Cell towers, and;
  • Antennas

In order to expand city infrastructure, companies are required to submit plans for encroachments (when needed) and permitting to allow the installation of these devices. 

Equipment in the Public Right-of-Way

This process is developed for the installation of new small cell poles, antennas, and new antennas (co-locates) proposed on existing poles in the right-of-way. Any request for equipment in the right-of-way must be approved through the Encroachment Process prior to permit issuance. Additionally, the following documentation must be submitted to the Planning and Development Customer Service Center via email:

Submit your permit package via email to CommercialBuilding@raleighnc.gov. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information on digital submittal requirements.

When a company is ready to install the pole and conduct work in the public right-of-way, Right-of-Way Services application must also be completed. 

Equipment on Private Property

This process is developed for the installation of cell towers, telecommunication equipment, new antennas (co-locates), or replacement of assets in areas dedicated to telecommunication equipment on private property.

The permit package must include the following. All documents must be submitted in PDF format:

Submit your permit package via email to CommercialBuilding@raleighnc.gov. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information on digital submittal requirements.

Fiber Installation (aerial or underground)

Any request for new underground or aerial assets must be submitted and approved through the Encroachment Process prior to permitting for any installation.

Once approved by City Council, the applicant can apply for Right-of-Way permits. Visit our Right-of-Way Services page for more information on this process.

Contact

 

Lee Mai
Right-of-Way Coordinator
lee.mai@raleighnc.gov

Lead Department:
Permits and Inspections
Service Categories:
Streets and Sidewalks