TFCG Application Processing
Applications for attachment to existing structures
should be submitted a minimum of three weeks prior to a meeting.
Applications for new tower or monopole construction
must be submitted at least four weeks prior to a meeting.
Submission of applications by these deadlines is
not a guarantee that if an application is submitted by the above
time limits it will be on the agenda. Applications which are
incorrect or incomplete cannot be processed until deemed complete
and all relevant information in received.
These time frames allow for time needed for site
visits, submission of additional information requested from the
applicant, and discussions between the Tower Coordinator and the
applicant or others as may be necessary to resolve any questions
or concerns. Also included in this time period is approximately
one week for delivery of the application packets to TFCG members
for their review prior to the meeting.
Carriers and representatives are encouraged to submit
applications as soon as complete and all required information
is attached, rather than let the submission deadline be the determining
factor as to when to file the application.
Some of the carriers expressed interest in having
the Tower Coordinator prepare a checklist for use in preparing
applications. After a review of the TFCG Application Form, it
appears to be fairly straightforward and the information to be
included in the application is quite clearly stated. However,
for new carriers or first-time submissions for new representatives,
attached is an application form with comments intended to provide
prompts to what the TFCG expects to see for answers and attachments.
Also attached is a list of common problems on applications which
serve to delay an expeditious review.
Structural Analysis Request
Although not usually required, submission of a structural
analysis (if one has been completed) will help answer structural
questions before they may become an issue. The exception to the
above policy is in the case of construction of new structures.
If a new tower is required because the carrier asserts that an
existing facility is not structurally capable of supporting its
antennas, then a structural analysis of the existing structure
may be requested to support the application.
|Common problems, errors, and omissions
found with Application for Wireless Communications Site Coordination
form that can slow processing and delay scheduling before the
1. Missing application form or wrong version
of application form submitted most recent version is dated revised
2. No vicinity map submitted. Typically
a copy of the page from the latest ADC map book with the site
identified with an arrow, circle, or other symbol showing where
the site is.
3. Site plans and elevations do not show
placement of existing antennas and related equipment or do not
indicate the name of existing carriers.
4. RF propagation maps showing area-wide
coverage before and after the siting are not always included.
Although required for all applications, they are critical for
review of any new tower or monopole to be constructed.
5. No listing of alternative existing structures
within a one mile radius which may have been considered, and an
explanation of why those locations could not be used. If there
are any existing alternate sites, a copy of RF propagation analysis
or results from drive tests will usually be requested if not submitted
in anticipation of same.
6. Identification of the number of additional
carriers a new tower or monopole may accommodate.
7. No copy of a structural analysis or structural
engineer’s certification form to demonstrate safety of attachment
on questionable structure such as in cases of attachment to very
old facilities or to structures that were not originally erected
to support the large antenna arrays necessary for cellular and
PCS services. Additionally, if structural capacity is used as
justification for why existing structures are not being considered,
a structural analysis or similar confirmation is required.
8. No copy of an FAA certification review
or mention that a request for one has been submitted.
9. No current facility location and projected
growth plan on file.
10. Address not shown or incorrect, missing
or inaccurate latitude or longitude locations.
11. Conflicting information shown, such as
different elevations shown on the application form or cover letter
from what is shown on the plans, or differences in number or type
of antennas between what is in the application text and on the
12. No heights of buildings, size of equipment
sheds, distances from property lines shown on drawings, or in
the text, or both.
13. No fax or e-mail numbers for contact person.