Wireless Telecommunication Facility Regulations in the Public Right-of-Way
In response to technologies, inquires from cell carriers, and pending state legislation SB 649, minor text amendments to the Burbank Municipal Code Section 7-3-708 were prepared regarding city design and concealment requirements for wireless telecommunication facilities in the public right-of-way. A Community Meeting was held on August 30, 2017 to discuss and get input from the community on the proposed updates (Notice).
On October 17, 2017, the City Council adopted modifications to the wireless telecommunication facility regulations in the Public Right-of-Way. These regulations are a coordinated effort between City Departments (Public Works, Burbank Water & Power, and Community Development) and the community to address changes in recent state legislation.
A copy of the meeting agenda, staff report and materials, and a video of the meeting is available online.
Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance Update
On August 25, 2015, the City of Burbank City Council adopted Ordinance No. 15-3,868 updating the Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance. The update project is the culmination of a multi-year process that included multiple City Council study sessions and community meetings. The update contains the City Council directed changes to the Zoning Ordinance which address how Wireless Telecommunications Facilities are regulated on private property, as well as the City Council directed changes to Title 7 which address regulations of the Public Right-of-Way. The Planning Board considered the changes to the Zoning Ordinance and voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the update to the City Council.
Proposed Ordinance and Staff Discussion
The Planning Division prepared a Public Review Draft of the update to the City of Burbank’s Wireless Telecommunications Facilities ordinance. The update is intended to address the potential negative aesthetic impacts of wireless facilities, while providing for the communication needs of Burbank's residents and businesses. Planning staff invites all interested parties to submit comments on the proposed ordinance.
A summary of community concerns and the proposed code sections which address these concerns are included at the beginning of this document. Please note, the review and comment period was from December 9, 2014, to January 16, 2015. A community meeting was held on January 14, 2015, at the Buena Vista Public Library. The Planning Board public hearing was held on February 9, 2015, at City Hall (agenda and video available from the Meeting Agendas & Minutes page).
City Council Study Session
A presentation by the community group, Save Burbank Neighborhoods, was given to the City Council on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The community group will discuss their concerns related to Wireless Telecommunications. The City Council may provide direction as to what future changes should be made to the Burbank Municipal Code.
Additional information about the presentation and report can be found at:
Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTF) General Information
Information about active projects and applications in Burbank
Click here to find an interactive map of active planning projects and information, including WTFs.
Click here to find a list of all previously approved WTFs in Burbank. Towers are highlighted in orange.
City of Burbank Ordinances
The application process for new wireless facilities has changed. All applicants for wireless projects must fill out a Supplemental Application Form for proposed wireless facilities in addition to the AUP/CUP and General application forms.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Planning Division at (818) 238-5250 to arrange for a pre-submittal appointment with a Planner. Once you have completely filled out the application forms and gathered all the required supporting documents, a Planner will review your application to determine if it is ready to be submitted for processing. Walk-in applicants will have their applications reviewed at the counter. However, please be aware that only complete application packages will be accepted for processing. Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.
Please note that a completed Supplemental Application Form (and attachments, if applicable) is required for all WTFs. Applications for WTFs requiring a land use permit or an Encroachment Permit must be accompanied by the applicable permit application.
- WTF Supplemental Application Form
Other Useful Links
For more information, please contact Planning staff via e-mail or by telephone at (818) 238 - 5250 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.