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.
Property owners and their authorized agents can apply for this permit. Authorized agents may include:
- Design professionals.
- Licensed expediters.
Permit applications must include the complete scope of work and current owner information.
- If the property was recently sold, submit a copy of the settlement sheet or deed with the application.
- You must apply for all permits under the legal address established by the Office of Property Assessment (OPA).
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.
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
- Application for Accelerated Review (optional)
- Structural Design Criteria form
- Special Inspections documentation (if applicable)
- Duties & Responsibilities Agreement signed by all parties
- Statement of Special Inspections Schedule with categories and frequency selected
- Name of licensed Special Inspection Agency qualified for all inspection categories
- Flood Protection Forms: For properties located in Flood Hazard Areas
- Asbestos Inspection Report: For buildings constructed before December 31, 1980, with work costs exceeding $50,000, but excluding one-to-three-family dwelling.
You may need to get a Zoning Permit if you plan to build or modify a wireless service facility that wasn’t previously approved.
For antennas on historic properties
You need approval from
The Historical Commission
You must have this approval in order to apply. L&I will refuse your permit application without Historical Commission approval. See how to get approval for work to a historic property.
You’ll need your plans with stamped approval from the Historical Commission before you make your application at the Permit and License Center in the MSB.
Submit your stamped plan as proof of approval when making your application.
Where and when
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.
Fee types that may apply
- 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.
- Per antenna: $110
- Per antenna, flat fee for one-or-two-family dwellings: $55
- 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.
You can apply for this permit in person at the Permit and License Center.
Applications are processed within 20 business days.
The applicant can accelerate the application for an additional fee. Accelerated applications are reviewed within 5-10 business days.
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.
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.