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Frequently Asked Questions

Cell Tower Processes

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Cell Tower Processes

Q. How long will it take to complete my request?

Completion depends on the nature of the request. While we strive to complete the application in a timely manner, the time can be affected by incomplete or incorrect applications and submitted documents, the quality and timeliness of communication and unforeseen delays or events.

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Property Searches

Q. Are there any sites that assist in finding the name of corporations, certificates of good standing, titles or real property records?

A. Yes, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (MDAT) and the Maryland State Archives may be used to research this information. The Maryland State Archives requires you to apply for and create a password  for some searches. Baltimore County neither represents or warrants the accuracy of information provided or guarantees that a password may be provided by the State of Maryland.

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Technological

Q. Will I need to submit a structural analysis?

A. In some cases, you will need to provide a stamped structural analysis from a certified Maryland Physical Engineer regarding any changes your request may make upon the structure. Please provide the report upon request by the Cell Tower Resource Sharing (CTRS) Coordinator. The structural analysis will be examined to determine if it reduces the integrity of the structure to the extent that additional equipment or carriers could not be accommodated or County communications are impacted.

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Q. Will a radio frequency analysis be required?

A. The Baltimore County Office of Technology, Electronic Services may also require a signed and dated radio frequency (RF) analysis done by a Maryland certified engineer showing that the RF emissions proposed by the lessee or licensee will not interfere with existing RF emissions at the site. Provide this information with your lease or license proposal submission.

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Q. Can the County provide information as to the height of the tower or the equipment on site?

A. In some cases, structure height or equipment data may be available. Submit a General Information Inquiry and the CRTS Coordinator will reply to you.

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Legal

Q. Is an ACCORD insurance form permissible?

A. Yes, but only if Baltimore County is listed as an additional insured and certificate holder on the ACCORD insurance form. The site name or address of the structure, and the coverage dates must be clearly stated on the document.

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Q. Does the County have a standard license term?

A. No, license terms must be negotiated with Baltimore County and will be determined in the County’s sole and exclusive business judgment based upon the site.

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Q. What kind of organizational documentation will be required?

A. Lease or License Proposals, Modifications and Additions submitted by a Partnership must include a copy of the Partnership Agreement and duly certified evidence that the partner is authorized to sign on behalf of and legally bind the Partnership and indemnify the County.

Lease or License Proposals, Modifications and Additions submitted by a Corporation must include a copy of the Articles of Corporation, By-Laws and a copy of the Board Resolution, duly certified by the Corporate Secretary, evidencing the authority of the officer so signing on behalf of the corporation to both contract with and indemnify the County.

Lease or License Proposals, Modifications and Additions submitted by a Limited Liability Company must include a copy of the Operating Agreement and Articles of Organization, duly certified by the Corporate Secretary, evidencing the authority of the officer so signing on behalf of the company to both contract with and indemnify the County.

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Q. Who should sign the new license, modification or renewal agreement?

A. License Proposals, Modifications and Renewals submitted by a Partnership must be signed by the partner who is the legally authorized to bind the partnership.

License Proposals, Modifications and Renewals submitted by a Limited Liability Company must be signed by a legally authorized officer of the corporation and attested to by the Corporate Secretary.

License Proposals, Modifications and Renewals submitted by a Corporation must be signed by a legally authorized officer of the corporation and attested to by the Corporate Secretary.

Note: The Licensee may file with the County a list of the names of those officers, partners or members, as applicable, having legal authority to execute documents on behalf of and legally bind the Licensee, duly certified, as applicable and legally required, together with the aforesaid corporate documents, which shall remain in full force and effect until such time as the County is advised in writing by certified mail to the contrary.

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Q. Will other documentation be required?

A. Additional information may be requested as required documentation at the sole discretion of Baltimore County.

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Q. Will a Memorandum of Lease or License be required?

A. Yes, if the existing lease or license extends for a period of over seven years with or without renewals, Lessees or Licensees shall be required to execute and record a Memorandum of License within the Land Records and to pay such taxes as are due to the State and the County.

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Q. Will advertisement be required?

A. Per the Baltimore County Code, new licenses agreed to by the County must be advertised in a paper of general circulation for a period of three weeks at the expense of the Licensee. Final approval shall be subject to a public hearing should a protested license be registered with the County.

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Q. Will bonds be required?

A. Licensees may be required to issue such payment, construction or performance bonds as may be necessary in the determination of the Baltimore County agency or department entering into the license.

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Revised November 17, 2014

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