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Telecommunication Facilities Information

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Local Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limits the City's local authority to regulate Telecommunications Facilities.

On April 16, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 19-0012-U (Chapter 13.04), in response to FCC requirements, to regulate Wireless Telecommunication Facilities in the public right-of-way (ROW). Additionally, Resolution No. 19-0044, which provides design, location and development standards for these facilities, was adopted. Telecom Permits in the ROW submitted after April 16, 2019 need to comply with these new regulations and standards.

Please see the School Buffer Zone Map, where new Telecommunication permits in the public right of way (ROW) are not permitted.

Limitations on the City’s authority to regulate telecommunications facilities, generally for sites on private property, are provided in Chapter 13.02- Regulation of Telecommunication Facilities, of the Manhattan Beach Municipal Code.

Please see the Telecommunication Facilities Submittal Requirements for further information on how to apply for a Telecom permit.

Federal Regulations

Local discretion to deny wireless telecom facilities is limited by the federal Telecommunications Act. This law prohibits cities from denying a wireless facility based on potential health or environmental impacts of radio frequency emissions. Additionally, cities cannot unreasonably discriminate among similar carriers, or impose regulations and deny a facility, if the denial precludes a carrier from addressing a significant gap in its wireless coverage.

For further information, please visit the FCC's Radio Frequency Safety Program Website.

Telecommunications Resources

Telecommunications - Cell Site Locations

Map of existing and Proposed Telecommunication Facilities

General Telecommunications Information



All submittals require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, email requesting a day/time, and provide details on your submittal. No more than three (3) Telecommunication Applications can be submitted per appointment. Applicants should review Federal and Local Regulations (see General Information), and the checklists and handouts below to prepare their submittals.

Submittal Checklist for Telecommunications Facilities on Private Property

Submittal Checklist for Telecommunications Facilities on Public Property

Submittal Checklist for Telecommunications Facilities in Right-of-Way (ROW)

City of Manhattan Beach Survey Guidelines

Covenant Template

Telecommunications Facilities Shot Clock Guide

Standard Conditions for Telecommunication Facilities



The City held a Telecommunications Community Open House on June 18, 2019.

Telecommunications Community Workshop (September 26, 2017) - Agenda and Video



For more information on Telecommunication facilities, please contact City Staff at To speak to City Staff by telephone, please contact Planning Consultant, Lauren Huang, at 310-802-5515 or Assistant Planner, Ted Faturos at 310-802-5512.

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