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Antenna Collocation and Cell Tower Construction

If you would like to collocate antennas, construct a tower or modify an existing site on public or private property in Baltimore County, either Baltimore County or Wireless Edge, a consulting firm hired by the County, will process your request. Follow the steps below.

Note: For emergencies or routine maintenance on a County-owned site or to terminate an existing collocation agreement, follow the procedures as specified in your current site agreement.  

Step 1 – Determine Property Ownership

All Applicants

Determine whether the property is County-owned or privately-owned. You can check with the landlord, view the deed or conduct an online property and title search offered at the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (MDAT) or visit the Maryland State Archives to access land records.

Note: The County is not responsible for determining whether the property is County-owned or privately-owned.

Step 2 – Obtain the County Parcel ID Number

All Applicants

Regardless of the method you choose to determine property ownership, you must obtain the County Parcel ID Number for complete submission of your Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction inquiry.

Step 3 - Inquire about a Property, Site or Structure

Availability of County-Owned Property

If you are inquiring about new permanent or temporary ground-based tower construction or tower replacement, or are inquiring about a new collocation, submit the Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction Inquiry. Wireless Edge will contact you to guide you through the application process for County-owned property.

Availability of Privately-Owned Property

If you are inquiring about new permanent or temporary ground-based tower construction or tower replacement on private property, you must obtain written and signed permission from the private property owner. When you have received permission to proceed, submit the Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction Inquiry. You will be contacted by the Tower Review Committee (TRC) Coordinator who will guide you through the TRC process.

Collocation Modification to County-Owned Structure or Site

Submit the Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction Inquiry. You will be contacted by the County or by Wireless Edge depending on who processed your existing collocation agreement.

New Collocation or Modification on Privately-Owned Structure or Property

Baltimore County does not oversee requests of this nature. You must contact and coordinate with the private property owner and follow the Baltimore County construction zoning and permitting guidelines.

Existing Collocation Site Upgrades or Agreement Renewals

Submit the Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction Inquiry. The submitted inquiry will be processed by Wireless Edge or by the County, depending on who processed your initial collocation application.

Existing Collocation Termination Requests

Submit the Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction Inquiry. The submitted inquiry regarding the agreement to be terminated will be received, reviewed and handled by Wireless Edge or the County according to the provisions of your agreement.

Step 4 - Submit Application

Ground-Based Permanent or Temporary Tower Construction on Public or Private Property

If you have obtained written permission from the property owner, submit the Tower Review Committee (TRC) application package. All requests for ground-based tower construction on public or private property are subject to review according to the TRC process.

Existing Collocation Site Upgrades

If you have determined that an upgrade is necessary, submit the Cell Tower Resource Sharing (CTRS) application package. All requests for existing collocation site upgrades involving buildings or structures owned by Baltimore County are subject to review according to the CTRS process.

Step 5 - Meet Zoning and Permitting Requirements

All Applicants

All zoning and permitting requirements for the property must be met. Requirements for constructing new communications towers and collocating communications equipment on existing structures in Baltimore County are detailed under Section 426, Wireless Telecommunications Facilities. Review the zoning and permitting requirements and obtain building permits, as needed.

Revised November 20, 2014

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