City of Austin requires all potential Small Cell node sites to complete this process prior to submitting a permit application.
Austin Transportation Signal Department suggests that applicants consider the following when selecting sites for Small Cell nodes. Click here for images of traffic signal poles that may not be used for node placement.
The following may not be used:
- Traffic Signal Poles with cameras
- Traffic Signal poles where the traffic signal control panel is adjacent to the pole
- Traffic Signal poles that have an ADA sidewalk ramp adjacent to the pole
- Traffic Signal poles where permanent structures are adjacent to the pole such as fire hydrants or bike racks
Austin Energy Small Cell Standards - 6.10.4 - Network Nodes on Distribution Poles
Network Nodes may be installed only on in-line tangent Poles or Service Poles that do not have Supply Equipment installed, provided that with prior AE approval, installation of Network Nodes on a Pole with a single transformer or secondary riser may be allowed. Network Nodes may not be installed on dead-ended, corner, or double-circuit Poles, or on Poles framed for primary junctions.
Please contact Austin Energy for a list of acceptable poles for Small Cell nodes.
Feasibility Review requests should be submitted here using the following guidelines:
Use this feasibility review template to submit the site requests. The requests should be grouped by pole type.
Traffic Signal poles should be on one request, Austin Energy wood poles should be on a separate request, and new self supporting poles should be on another separate request.
A spreadsheet should be submitted with the Feasibility Review, listing all the sites in the presentation, including the following information:
- Carrier name
- Address or Intersection
- Corner Identity
- GPS Coordinates
- Photo of pole with an arrow pointing to the proposed site
- Map of site
- Proposed pole type for new self supporting poles
Examples of Information Needed for Feasibility Review
||Intersection or Address
||Proposed Pole Type
||Small Cell #1
||Guadalupe St. & 3rd St.
||Small Cell #2
||Congress Ave. & 16th St.
Once the request has been submitted, site availability and a power review will be done. Comments will be returned to the contact email provided.
This map shows most of the reserved Small Cell sites.