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Antennas

The antennas category includes cell towers, radio antennas, communication antennas, and amateur radio towers.​

When is a permit required?


Please note The City of Calgary does not approve antenna structures. The federal government approves development and operation of telecommunication antennas in Canada. In certain cases, they require service providers to consult with the local municipality and the public regarding a proposed location.

A wireless service provider submits a request to The City for review of the proposed location and the proposed public consultation plan. The City then sends a letter of support (concurrence) or non-support (non-concurrence) to the service provider when the review is completed. Please note The City cannot prevent an applicant from obtaining federal permission even if The City disagrees with the location, based on the municipal Telecommunication Antenna Structures Siting Protocols.

A building permit is not always required when the antenna is attached to, and/or supported from an existing building. It must meet wind and snow load requirements of building code.

To ensure safe construction, a building permit is required to install an antenna under the following condition:

  • The antenna installation includes the construction of an accessory building over 10 m2on the site
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How to apply


Step 1: Review the checklists

Step 2: Prepare your application

  • Complete the checklists
  • Review your fees​

See the Planning Applications fee schedule for a complete list of planning application fees.

Step 3: Apply

Apply online

To apply in person, complete the antenna submission​ and visit the Planning Services Centre with the documents from the checklist in step 1. To skip the line, book an appointment.​​​​

The City's role


Application review

The City of Calgary reviews and evaluates each submission for an antenna based on land use planning criteria. The specific issues observed, analysed, and evaluated are predominantly, but not limited to, the following:

Please note The City of Calgary review focuses primarily on the design and location of a proposed antenna structure. Our review does not assess or evaluate health and radiofrequency exposure. For health-related information, please refer to these resources:

Public consultation

The City of Calgary is responsible for the following functions in the public consultation process:

For additional information regarding the federal government’s mandate and authority in the wireless telecommunications process, please consult Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-03 – Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Planning Services Centre

We are experiencing higher than normal volumes and longer wait times. We appreciate your patience while our agents answer your questions and review your applications.

If you are trying to reach us, please select only one method of contact for your inquiry. Multiple inquiry services at the same time can increase volumes and wait times. For applications, we encourage the use of our online system as the timelines for drop-off and online submissions are the same.

Hours:
Monday - Friday* 
8 a.m. - 4:15p.m. (Mountain Time Zone)
*closed on statutory holidays

Live chat:
calgary.ca/livechat

Call:
403-268-5311

Drop-off:
COVID-19 Service Changes - Application drop-off
3rd floor, Municipal building
800 Macleod Trail SE

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