Telecommunication Cell Site Information

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On June 18, 2019, the City Council provided direction to staff to return on July 16, 2019 for final action on the five AT&T applications below. The staff report and attachments for the July 16, 2019 City Council meeting will be posted on the City website, on or before July 12th, 2019, at the following links:


TCP#18-06 Highland Avenue / 19th Street- SW corner (MBCH06)

Replacement Light Pole

TCP#18-11 2nd Street / N. Ardmore Avenue NE corner (MBCH17)

Replacement Light Pole

TCP#18-09 N. Ardmore Avenue. / 9th Street SE corner (MBCH16)

Existing Utility Pole

TCP#18-10 Deegan Place / 14th Street NE Corner (MBCH18)

New Street Pole


TCP#18-15 1400 Highland Avenue (City Hall)

Modify Existing Rooftop












The staff report and attachments for the June 18, 2019 City Council meeting are posted on the City website at the links below. Please see Item No. 12 on the agenda:

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

Telecommunications - Cell Site Locations

Map of existing and Proposed Telecommunication Facilities

General Telecommunications Information

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

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 or contact or at 1-888-225-5322.

Local Regulations -

Limitations on the City’s authority to regulate telecom facilities are provided in Chapter 13.02- Regulation of Telecommunication Facilities, of the Manhattan Beach Municipal Code. Some applications are reviewed and action taken by the Community Development Director. If certain Code criteria is met for limited types of facilities, no public notice is required. Most telecom facilities require public notice and some require a public hearing before the City Council. Most decisions of the Community Development Director are appealable to the City Council.

Section 13.02.100- Denial of Telecommunication Permit states that the City Council shall grant a telecom permit for which a complete application has been submitted pursuant to this Chapter, unless the decision maker can make the findings as detailed in the Code.

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

On April 16, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 19-0012-U (Chapter 13.04), 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.

Questions -

For more information on Telecommunication facilities, please contact the City's Assistant Planner, Jason Masters, by phone at 310-802-5515 or email at

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