Legal Licensing Requirements
Cell Tower Construction and Collocation
The Baltimore County Office of Law reviews all documentation related to cell tower construction and modifications to existing frequencies and equipment on County property; and, coordinates the execution of agreements. An applicant must follow all requirements of the particular Cell Tower process that fits their request, as guided by either the Baltimore County Coordinator or Wireless Edge Coordinators. Interaction between the Cell Tower Coordinators and the Office of Law will ensure that your application package is complete with all required documents.
Requirements for modifying an executed cell tower license agreement are as follows:
- If you have a current license agreement, proof that your license agreement is up to date and is not currently in default must be provided with the agreement documents. No requests for license modifications or additions will be entertained if you are currently in default. To inquire about the status of a license, submit an Antenna Collocation and Tower Construction Inquiry and provide the ending lease date or an explanation of the default. Licensees in default shall have 30 days to cure such default.
- A copy of the executed license must be provided if the license is for or has extended for a term of over seven years. If a license agreement has not been executed with the County, a license agreement must be executed and state taxes and County recordation taxes may be due and will be required to be paid prior to approval of any additions or changes.
- If the requesting entity has changed names or merged since the signing of the original license, up to date articles of incorporation, bylaws or articles of merger will be required with your request.
- Provide the name of any contractor who will be performing any modifications or additions on site. All work performed by contractors must be performed in a professional and competent manner and Baltimore County must be indemnified against any loss arising out of their performance per your license agreement. Note that the County shall not accept contractors assigned to provide, directly or indirectly, supplies, architectural services, construction-related services, leases of real property, or other services related to a selected site, who are debarred or suspended under Title 16 of the State Finance and Procurement Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
- Be advised that the Baltimore County Office of Law will require the licensee's agent to submit documentation of authority to act on behalf of the licensee in conjunction with the license agreement. Such documentation must be signed and dated by licensee’s authorized representative or legal counsel, and if appropriate must indicate the agent's authority to modify the existing license agreement(s) between this Licensee and Baltimore County.
- Submit proof that the requesting licensee is in good standing to do business in the State of Maryland. Foreign or out of state entities must register with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation to enter into a license agreement with Baltimore County.
Note: Regarding existing Baltimore County Cell Tower customers with earlier lease agreements, the above requirements still apply. However, where the words licensing, license and licensee appear they shall be interchanged with the words leasing, lease and lessee.
Disclaimer: The licensing process is subject to change and the information provided here shall not be considered binding upon Baltimore County nor does it constitute an agreement of any kind with Baltimore County.
Revised November 18, 2014