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Wireless Tower Construction and Co-location

For matters related to wireless towers and antennas, follow these instructions if you want to co-locate or construct on public or private property in Baltimore County.

Co-locate/Replace/Modify on an Existing County-Owned Structure 

Confirm that the property is County-owned. If not, contact the private owner.
Note: The County is not responsible for determining if the property is private or county owned (See Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ). If you find your location of interest is privately owned, follow the instructions below for new construction and co-location on private property.

Check for space availability on the County-owned property. When you submit your wireless tower construction and co-location inquiry, you must provide the location and parcel ID number. After you submit your inquiry, Baltimore County will contact you within 10 business days regarding the status of your inquiry.

If you are notified that the County-owned property is available, submit the Baltimore County Technical Application (PDF) :

Baltimore County Electronic Services
Attention: Donna Fair, Cell Tower Representative
11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 101, Mailstop 1104A
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031

  • Upon receipt and preliminary review of your technical application, you will be contacted by Property Management within 30 days and provided with a status update.
  • After your submitted application is approved as complete and has been thoroughly reviewed and accepted, completion of the appropriate lease or license agreement is the next step. Find more information on completing a lease agreement.
  • Once you have a lease or license agreement, obtain building permits, if needed.

Important Note: Applicant’s are responsible for providing complete application packages. Incomplete applications will be rejected, and shall lose their priority in terms of the order in which the requests are reviewed and concluded. Notification of rejected applications will be provided by the Cell Tower Representative.

New/Temporary Construction on County Property

  1. Confirm that the property is County-owned. If not, contact the private owner.             
  2. Note: The County is not responsible for determining if the property is private or county owned (See FAQ). If you find your location of interest is privately owned, follow the instructions below on how to proceed.
  3. Check for space availability on the County-owned property. When you submit your wireless tower construction and co-location inquiry, you must provide the location and parcel ID number. After you submit your inquiry, Baltimore County will contact you within 10 business days regarding availability of the property.
  4. Once permission to proceed has been granted, you may begin the Tower Review Committee process.

 Construct on Private Property

  1. Confirm that the property is County-owned. If not, contact the private owner.
  2. Obtain written permission to use private property.
  3. Once permission to proceed has been granted, you may begin the Tower Review Committee process.
  4. Obtain building permits, if needed.

Zoning Requirements
Contact Zoning Review for information about zoning requirements. Requirements for constructing new communications towers and co-locating communications equipment on existing structures in Baltimore County are detailed under Section 426, Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.

Co-locate/ Replace on Private Property

  1. Obtain written and signed permission from private property owner.
  2. Ensure that all zoning requirements for the property are met.
    • Zoning Requirements - Contact Zoning Review for information about the zoning requirements. Requirements for constructing new communications towers and co-locating communications equipment on existing structures in Baltimore County are detailed under Section 426, Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.
  3. Obtain building permits, if needed.

Revised September 10, 2013

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