Wireless Facilities and Infrastructure

Small cell antennas are becoming increasingly popular as a way of expanding coverage and increasing network capacity.

Requests for wireless facility installations in the City of Fort Worth are expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as the need for data increases. Due to state law, the City of Fort Worth will begin issuing permits for wireless facilities beginning Sept. 1, 2017.

Wireless facilities are often installed on existing public right-of-way (ROW) structures like street signs, telephone poles and streetlights.

Companies that want to install wireless facilities in the City of Fort Worth ROW must first register as a contractor with the Development Services Department.  An electrical permit. will be required for the electric meter installation for each node pole as well. 

The E911 address for each network node will be assigned after all of the reviewing City departments give approval of the node location.

 

Access the online account

Step 1.When do you need a Wireless Permit? 

A Wireless Permit is required for:

  • To submit a Network Node, (NN), application within the City limits of Fort Worth
  • To submit a Transport Facility, (TF), application within the City limits of Fort Worth

Step 2.How create my account

As a new user select this link and under accounts "Create a Login"

  • You will need a username following the directions
  • Username must be between 6 and 13 characters and cannot contain any special characters (ex. /,\,*,@,&,%,^,#)
  • Create a password
  • Enter First and last Name
  • Enter you email twice for confirmation
  • Enter your mailing address with zip code
  • Enter a good contact phone number

Step 3.Find a permit to renew or check status

Search the status of your account by selecting the this link " Find Permit

  • Enter the permit number
  • Select Locate Permit button

Step 4.Log into your account

 Log into your account using this link, "Login"

  • Use your username and password to access

Online

Step 1.Read the guidelines

All installations must follow the standards and guidelines found in the design manual.(PDF, 11MB)

While the city has the right to manage these requests, the city must comply with Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 284 that allows certain wireless network providers to install in the public rights-of-way their wireless facilities, described and defined in Tex. Loc. Gov. Code, Chapter 284, Sec. 284.002 as “Micro Network Nodes,” “Network Nodes” and “Node Support Poles.”

View the Network Node Permit Location Map. This map is refreshed every Friday.

Step 2.Register and Apply

  • Companies that want to install wireless facilities in the City of Fort Worth, must first register as a contractor with the Development Services Department.
    • An electrical permit will be required for the electric meter installation for each node pole as well.

      Know the safety information and other resources

      Wireless antennas are closely regulated by the FCC. Small cell antennas transmit very low levels of radio waves compared to traditional cell antennas. The safety of radio waves has been extensively studied. Government agencies and groups that set standards constantly review this research. The radiated emission levels meet current accepted health and safety guidelines.

Safety Information and other resources

Wireless antennas are closely regulated by the FCC. Small cell antennas transmit very low levels of radio waves compared to traditional cell antennas. The safety of radio waves has been extensively studied. Government agencies and groups that set standards constantly review this research. The radiated emission levels meet current accepted health and safety guidelines.