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.
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 - Cell Site Locations
General Telecommunications Information
All submittals require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, email email@example.com 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.
Telecommunications Facilities Shot Clock Guide
For more information on Telecommunication facilities, please contact City Staff at Telecom@citymb.info. 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.