Small Cell Facilities - Wireless Communications

Small cell facilities and the technology they bring are arriving in Arvada. Small cells are installed and operated by private providers including: Verizon, AT&T, and Zayo on behalf of Sprint to continually improve and expand their network capacity and coverage. Legally, the City of Arvada cannot restrict the installation of the small cell sites. It is required by federal and state law that cities allow small cell facilities, like other utilities in the public right-of-way, which could include tree lawns next to streets and sidewalks. Small cell facilities are low-powered antennas that provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas. These supplement the larger cellular network and improves service for wireless customers.

Wireless Communications PoleThe City does have the opportunity to oversee and give input on the installation of the sites, which it will do by entering into Individual Master License agreements with each provider. Once the agreement is reviewed and signed by City Council, then the provider is able to apply for permits for specific locations. Each small cell permit is reviewed by City staff for compliance of City adopted design guidelines.

Initially the facilities will meet current 4G technology, but will evolve to provide future 5G services and technology changes. If you would like to learn more about the safety of the facilities, visit FCC-Safety.

Overall, if you have questions or would like to learn more email the Planning Department or call 720-898-7435.

As wireless providers, infrastructure owners or similar entities begin to consider deployment of new small cell networks within Arvada, the first step in that process shall be the execution of a Master License Agreement with the City of Arvada. This agreement shall provide the overall framework for network deployment, permit approvals, and facility installations throughout the City. If no Master License Agreement (MLA) has been completed, please contact our planning division at 720-898-7435 to get started.

Once the Master License Agreement has been completed, you can schedule a pre-submittal meeting with the planning team to go over the proposed sites. This meeting is not required, but we strongly suggest the meeting to help streamline your permit submittals. Please call 720-898-7435 to schedule a meeting.