Small Cell Wireless Facilities Deployment in Public Right-Of-Way


With the introduction of wireless technology, how people live, work, and play has certainly changed. The demand for wireless connectivity is on the rise, with users seeking the best coverage with the fastest connection. Wireless technology continues to expand throughout the world promoting innovation and productivity.  The City is coordinating with telecommunications companies on upcoming cellular infrastructure improvements. These wireless sites, or wireless small cells, are proposed for locations in the public right-of-way as well as other areas in the City. 


Protecting the public right-of-way and public property is a primary responsibility of the Public Works Department.  For small cell deployments in other areas outside of the public right-of-way, contact the Planning Department (Guidelines, Standards & Requirements). Small cell deployments in the public right-of-way involve installation of small cell equipment on streetlight poles and non city-owned utility poles.  The City recognizes the need to preserve aesthetic appeal in our community when small cell equipment is deployed.  Therefore, the City is looking for designs with reasonably sized equipment installed on City owned poles (streetlights) and non city-owned poles. Installation of small cell requires a Small Cell Wireless Permit, and use of City property requires additional agreements and guidelines.


What governs small cell deployment?  Deployment is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with Public Works preserving the City’s appearance and infrastructure.

Which agency regulates potential safety concerns?  The FCC regulates most aspects of wireless antennas including safety of radio frequency transmissions. The City complies with all regulations set forth by the FCC to alleviate any potential health or safety concern.  For more information please follow these links to the FCC’s Safety FAQ and the Safety information.

What is the time-frame of deployments in Campbell?  Many small cell deployments are expected in Campbell during 2020, and continuing in the following years.


Small Cell Design Guidelines

Small Cell Permitting Guidelines

Small Cell Wireless Permit for Wireless Facilities

Municipal Code of Ordinances-Chapter 11.14 (Ordinance 2253)