Small Cell facilities are low-powered antennas that provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas, supplementing the larger cellular network and improving service for wireless customers.
Effective September 1, 2017, the City of Austin has a new application process for small-cell facilities in the public right-of-way. This new process is in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1004, amending the Local Government Code by adding Chapter 284 – Deployment of Network Nodes in Public Right-of-Way, enacted by the State of Texas on June 9, 2017. Small-cell facilities are typically comprised of network nodes, antennas, associated wireless equipment, and transport facilities. Following this process will facilitate in the installation of small-cell facilities within the public right-of-way on municipally-owned service poles, Austin Energy poles, and also privately owned network node support poles.
The City of Austin has adopted Administrative Rule #R161-17.02, effective November 10, 2017. This rule sets forth processes, terms and conditions for requesting and permitting the use of City public right of way and city-owned traffic signal and utility poles in the City right of way for small cell installations. This rule also sets forth design parameters, limits, and standards that include aesthetic and concealment requirements for network nodes, node support pole, and transport facilities intended to be placed in the City's right of way under Chapter 284. Click here to review the Chapter 284 document.