Permits, violations & licenses

Get an Antenna Permit

Service overview

You need an Antenna Permit to install new antennas.

You do not need a permit if:

  • It is a private antenna for television or radio reception less than 12 ft. in height or 2 ft. in diameter.
  • The installation is exempt from review by a municipal authority under Pennsylvania Act 191 (Wireless Broadband Collocation Act) as defined in Code Bulletin A-1302 (Wireless Service Facilities and Antennas).

Properties on the Philadelphia Historic Registry always need this permit to install antennas.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issues this permit.

Who

Property owners and their authorized agents can apply for this permit. Authorized agents may include:

  • Design professionals.
  • Attorneys.
  • Contractors.
  • Licensed expediters.

Requirements

Permit Application

Permit applications must include the complete scope of work and current owner information.

Contractor

A licensed contractor must perform all work. The contractor must:

  • Have an active license.
  • Be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
  • Have current insurance on file with L&I.

Plans

If your application requires plans, they must follow plan requirements.

  • Plans must be drawn to scale on a sheet that is at least 18 in. by 24 in.
  • If application is submitted in person, include three copies of plans.
  • Plans must be sealed by a PA-licensed engineer.
  • Plans must include :
    • Project address
    • Antenna overall dimensions
    • Structural plans (for all new free-standing structures or framework placed on buildings)
    • Structural details, including method of attachment for each antenna.

Forms and other documents

Related permits

You may need to get a Zoning Permit if you plan to build or modify a wireless service facility that wasn’t previously approved.

Required pre-approvals

For antennas on historic properties

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Where and when

In person

Permit and License Center
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Public Service Concourse
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Offices close at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.

Cost

Fee types that may apply

Filing fee

  • For sites containing one-or-two-family dwellings: $25
  • For all other sites: $100

This fee is nonrefundable and is applied towards the final permit fee.

Permit fee

  • Per antenna: $110
  • Per antenna, flat fee for one-or-two-family dwellings: $55

Surcharge fees

  • City surcharge: $3 per permit
  • State surcharge: $4.50 per permit

Record retention fee

  • Per page larger than 8.5 in. by 14 in.: $4

Accelerated Plan Review fee (optional)

Applications for new construction that include plans are eligible for expedited review. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5–10 business days.

  • Fee: $540
  • If your plans require more than four hours to review, you will be charged an additional fee of $135 per hour.

To apply, fill out an Accelerated Plan Review application and submit with your permit application. Amount must be paid when you submit your application and will not be credited toward your final permit fee.

How

You can apply for this permit in person at the Permit and License Center. 

In person

1
Get any required pre-approvals before submitting your application to L&I.
2
Bring your completed application, application materials, and payment to the Permit and License Center.

Applications are processed within 20 days business days.

The applicant can accelerate the application for an additional fee. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5-10 business days.

3
If your application is approved, you will receive notice to pay the balance.

If your application is not approved, you will receive an email stating what is missing or required.

Before a permit is issued, the contractor must be identified.

4
Once approved, schedule your inspections

Contact your local inspection office when the contractor is ready to start work. The contact information and required inspections will be noted on your permit.

A Certificate of Approval will be issued upon successful completion of all required inspections.


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