The Planning Division reviews, processes, and evaluates proposed wireless applications for conformance with the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines (CEQA), the City of Antioch’s Wireless Policy, 6409 Provisions, as well as State planning regulations.
All wireless facilities on City-Owned Property (including modifications to existing facilities) require a Letter of Authorization and Lease Agreement from the City Attorney’s office.
The term “eligible facilities request” is defined through the FCC and means any request for modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that involves:
(A) collocation of new transmission equipment;
(B) removal of transmission equipment; or
(C) replacement of transmission equipment.
Modification requests to existing permitted wireless facilities are subject to City review.
Requirement(s): Minor Administrative Use Permit
Eligible Facilities Checklist
** The City is unable to offer concurrent processing for zoning and building permits at this time **
Macro facilities are any wireless facility that is not a small wireless facility as defined by the FCC in 47 C.F.R. § 1.6002(l). Examples include but are not limited to monopoles, mono trees, lattice towers as well as requests to construct, install, attach, operate, collocate, modify, reconstruct, relocate or otherwise deploy a new wireless facility that is not a small cell facility. Depending on the design and location a macro facility is subject to Zoning Administrator or Planning Commission review.
Requirement(s): Administrative or Conditional Use Permit & Design Review.
Macro Facilities Checklist
Small cell facilities are a type of wireless broadband infrastructure that include smaller antennas (3-4 feet tall) that are placed on existing infrastructure such as utility poles. They are accompanied by equipment cabinets typically installed lower on the pole. This is defined by the FCC in 47 C.F.R. § 1.6002(l), as may be amended or superseded. Requests to construct, install, attach, operate, collocate, modify, reconstruct, relocate or otherwise deploy small wireless facilities are subject to City review.
Requirement: Major Administrative Use Permit.
Small Cell Facilities Checklist
Application submittals for both new facilities and expansions of existing facilities will be accepted via a pre-scheduled appointment with the Planner of the Day. To request an appointment, please email Planning@antiochca.gov and the Planner of the Day will follow up to schedule.
Applicants should utilize the Wireless Application form to apply. However, applicants/agents should be aware that their submittals will undergo an initial completeness review before payment is accepted. Once payment is accepted and all submittal items have been received, the shot clock will commence.
Pursuant to § 9-5.2509 “Appeals” Any decision made by the Planning Commission which would otherwise constitute final approval or denial may be appealed to the Council. Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be filed with the City Clerk within five working days after the decision.
Pursuant to Antioch Municipal Code § 9-5.3847 “Withdrawals of Planning Applications,” Planning applications are automatically withdrawn 120 calendar days from the date of the incomplete letter if revisions are not submitted to the Planning Division.
The Zoning Administrator may grant a written extension for up to an additional 90 calendar days when good cause for an extension is demonstrated. Delays due to circumstances outside the applicant’s reasonable control will be considered good cause to grant the extension.
For more specific questions, please contact the Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.