Forms and Development Information
Wireless Communication Facilities
Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) consist of antennas and equipment that transmit and receive data for cell phone and other mobile communication services. The Telecom Section reviews applications for compliance with the City's Land Development Code. There are approximately 2,000 WCF within the City.
Wireless Communication Facility Requirements
- Wireless Communication Facility Regulations (Land Development Code, 141.0420)
- Information Bulletin 536, “Wireless Communication Facilities” (PDF)
- Council Policy 600-43, “City of San Diego Wireless Communication Facilities Policy”
Radio Frequency (RF) Safety
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates safety related to cell phones and antenna facilities. Based on regulations set forth in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the City is not permitted to evaluate applications based on health-related concerns. However, prior to issuance of a building permit, wireless carriers are required to submit a report demonstrating compliance with FCC regulations.
- FCC Guide: Human Exposure to RF Fields Guidelines for Cellular and PCS Sites
- RadTown USA Information from the U.S. EPA regarding radiation sources.
- US Food & Drug Administration Information from the FDA regarding cell phones.
Facilities on City Property
The City of San Diego's Real Estate Assets Department welcomes the opportunity to lease City property to telecommunication carriers seeking to expand their network infrastructure within the City and on City-owned property throughout the County of San Diego. Please contact Enza Morero at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 236-6081.
- Council Policy 700-10, "Disposition of City-owned Real Property" Discusses leases with the City for telecommunication facilities.