ZONING REGULATIONS IN WEST CENTRAL
RELATING TO AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA
CURRENT AS OF DECEMBER, 2005
Contained in this guide is all the information obtained from the ten counties in the West Central Florida Section about
code requirements when erecting an Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structure . If you intend to erect such a structure, contact
your local building code administrator for specific requirements. Do not proceed based on the data presented here without
verification from your local code enforcement administrator.
FLORIDA STATE STATUTES:
125.561 Amateur Radio
Antennas; construction in conformance with federal requirements.--
No county shall enact or enforce any ordinance
or regulation which fails to conform to the limited preemption entitled "Amateur Radio Preemption, 101 FCC 2d 952 (1985)"
as issued by the Federal Communications Commission. Any ordinance or regulation adopted by a county with respect to amateur
radio antennas shall conform to the above-cited limited preemption, which states that local regulations which involve placement,
screening, or height of antennas based on health, safety, or aesthetic considerations must be crafted to reasonably accommodate
amateur communications, and to represent the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish the local authority's legitimate
Nothing in this section shall affect any applicable provisions
of Chapter 333.
Amateur radio antennas; construction in conformance with federal requirements.--
(1) No municipality shall enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation which fails to conform
to the limited preemption entitled "Amateur Radio Preemption, 101 FCC 2d 952 (1985)" as issued by the Federal Communications
Commission. Any ordinance or regulation adopted by a municipality with respect to amateur radio antennas shall conform to
the above cited limited preemption, which states that local regulations which involve placement, screening, or height of antennas
based on health, safety, or aesthetic considerations must be crafted to reasonably accommodate amateur communications, and
to represent the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish the local authority's legitimate purpose.
(2) Nothing in this section shall effect any applicable provisions of chapter 333.
I requested information
from Charlotte County officials and was told that they would get back to me. So far, I have heard or seen nothing. Check with Charlotte County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
I was told by an official
that height restriction on antenna support structures in Desoto County do NOT apply to amateur radio antennas, however I have
gotten nothing in writing from Desoto County as yet. Check with Desoto County Building
and Zoning officials before proceeding.
Per verbal conversation with Building Department in Hardee County;
No permits are required for amateur radio antenna support structures
under 35 to 45 feet in height, depending on zoning district with the only written regulation as follows:
Hardee County .10.10.01
Special Exception approval is required in F-R
and A-1 districts where the tower will not meet the 100% setback requirement. The tower may be set back a distance no less
than 50% of its height 1) when certification by an engineer licensed in the State of Florida that the structure is designed
to collapse within the boundaries of the property on which it is built has been received, and 2) when the Board of County
Commissioners determines that all safety concerns have been met. The tower shall meet all applicable standards of the
FCC, the FAA and any other relevant Federal or State agency.
Check with Hardee County
Building and Zoning before proceeding.
Highlands County has Regulations (Sec. 12.08.133 Wireless communication facilities- Antennas and towers as accessory
uses). The complete text is too long for inclusion here, however,
D An amateur radio antenna and any tower to support the antenna that is owned and operated by a federally-licensed amateur
radio operator and used exclusively for non-commercial purposes shall be a permitted accessory use in all zoning districts.
12.08.135 Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) also states in its Section D (Exceptions to the applicability of this section):
in paragraph 2. The requirements of this section do NOT apply to:
Amateur radio antennas
and any tower to support the antenna that is owned and operated by a federally-licensed amateur radio station operator used exclusively for non-commercial purposes
with Highlands County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
Hillsborough County has only two regulations that pertain to amateur radio antennas and or support structures.
Sec. 6.08.02 Aviation Hazards
No building or other structure (regardless
of exclusions set forth at Sec. 6.08.01 above) shall be located in a manner or built to a height which constitutes a hazard to aviation or creates hazards to persons or property by reason of unusual exposure
to aviation hazards. In any area within the unincorporated portion of Hillsborough County, in addition to height limitations
established by this code, limitations established by lawful Federal, State, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority and Hillsborough
County ordinances, rules, and regulations, shall apply to heights of buildings, structures, and natural vegetation.
6.08.03 Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures
125.0185, Florida Statutes (1991), and Federal Communications Commission "Amateur Radio Preemption", 101 FCC 2d 952 (1985)
require County regulations to reasonably accommodate amateur communication, and to represent the minimum practicable regulation
to accomplish the local authority's legitimate purpose. Under these Federal and State preemption provisions, Amateur Radio
Antenna Support Structures are excluded from regulation under the provisions of this Code. Check with Hillsborough County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
Manatee County provided a short version of their Code pertaining to Amateur Radio Antennas and Support Structures.
It is reproduced below:
Permitted Accessory Uses. Subject to the provisions of this Chapter and other applicable
provisions of this Code, the following accessory uses are permitted.
Antennas. Accessory antennas as follows:
Amateur Radio Antennas (e.g., ham radio).
703.2.1.1.2 Satellite Dish Antennas (see
Section 703.2.25 for provisions).
703.2.1.1.3 Antennas for the reception of
television broadcasts, which are twenty (20) feet or less in height above the roofline.
703.2.1.1.4 Private mobile service. Towers
and antennas which are primarily used for private mobile services and meet the following criteria:
That have a cross sectional area of less than 4.5 square feet at the base; and
Are less than sixty (60) feet in height in the non-residential and Planned Development Golf Course districts, or less
than one hundred (100) feet in height in the industrial, Conservation, Village,
manufacturing, Planned Development Waterfront, agricultural and Planned Development Agricultural districts, or less than two
hundred (200) [feet] in height in the Extraction district and on parcels zoned
Agricultural (A) which are a minimum of forty (40) acres.
703.2.1.1.5 Antennas which provide telemetry
for lift stations and other similar uses.
with Manatee County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
Pasco County sent me the following Ordinance No. 03-34 ldc/l616 616-7 dated 11/18/03 Under its paragraph D. Amateur
radio facilities. The installation of any amateur radio facility that is owned and
operated by a Federally-licensed amateur radio station operator shall not be governed by the provisions of this section relating
to PWSFs, but shall be subject to the following standards:
1. Amateur radio facilities shall be considered
accessory structures and must meet all required setbacks and/or locational limitations set forth in this code. Amateur radio
facilities shall be located only in side- or rear-yard areas on any residential
lot less than 20,000 square feet in size. Restrictions regarding height and number of antennas shall be as set forth in this
code. However, certain types of amateur radio facilities require "guying" and all antennas and associated "guys" or "guy wires"
shall be allowed to project into and onto the setback areas. Amateur radio facilities,
when attached to the primary building of the lot, shall be deemed in compliance with setbacks when so fixed.
2. Temporary antennas must be securely anchored.
Use of such temporary antennas shall be limited to a thirty (30) day period during
any one (1) calendar year within R-3 Medium Density Residential District and R-4 High Density Residential District.
3. All parts of the amateur radio facility
shall have vertical and horizontal clearance from any electric lines.
4. Construction, installation, repair, or
maintenance of amateur radio facilities shall not require a Building Permit; however such activity shall be performed in accordance
with all....(Apparently there is a typo in the code, since the expected phrase here
does not appear.)
5. Amateur radio facilities shall not be
mirror-like and shall contain no advertising or signage of any type except for owner identification, manufacturer, sales,
repair logos, or signage required by State and/or Federal regulations.
6. All amateur radio facilities shall be
subject to appropriate Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.
with Pasco County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
Pinellas County responded with Sec. 138-1277. Height limitations generally.
Chimneys, water, fire, radio and television
towers, smokestacks, flagpoles and similar structures and their necessary mechanical appurtenances, such as elevator shafts,
ventilation equipment, etc., may be erected to a maximum of 20 feet above the height limits established in this chapter; however,
the heights of these structures or appurtenances thereto shall in no case exceed the height limitations prescribed by the
Federal Aviation Agency within the flight approach zone patterns of airports (see airport zoning regulations).This provision
shall not apply to signs, billboards
or amateur radio antennas protected under F.S. 125.085 and F.S. 166.0435.
with Pinellas County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
(Revised 5/20/09 – Ord. 09-023; 1/30/03 Ord. 03-12; 7/29/02 - Ord. 02-52)
Except as specifically provided
in this Section, these provisions shall apply throughout the unincorporated limits of Polk County and no communication tower
or antenna shall be permitted except in compliance with these provisions.
1. This Section
shall not apply to the following:
a. Communication towers
that are constructed and antennas that are installed at a height below the height limitations specified in Table 2.2 for the
land use designation in which the communication tower or antenna is located;
b. Any communication tower
or antenna that is placed in response to an emergency as declared by Polk County, the State of Florida or any other agency
with the authority to declare an emergency (this exemption shall apply only for the duration of the emergency and for such
period of time following the emergency as is reasonably necessary to remove the tower or antenna);
c. Any communication
tower or antenna that is operated solely by an amateur radio operator licensed by the FCC;
d. Communication towers not exceeding 130 feet in height and located on a specific
site for no more than 30 days in any 365 day period; and, e. Antennas placed on alternative support structures and antennas
placed on communication towers which do not add to the height of the communication tower
with Polk County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
Sarasota County sent (by mail) the entire 24 page document that contains Ordinance No. 2005-047. Section 118-34 of
that document entitled "Applicability" states;
This article shall regulate the location, construction and modification of all Wireless Communication Facilities in
unincorporated Sarasota County except:
1. Non-commercial freestanding and structure-mounted "receive-only" Antennas which receive direct broadcast satellite
service, video programming services via multi-point distribution services which are one meter or less in diameter in residential
zones and three meters or less in non-residential zones. The antennas shall meet all other requirements of the Zone District
as set forth in Sarasota County Zoning Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2003-52, as amended)
(Appendix A to this Code).
2. Amateur radio Antennas and
any Tower to support the Antenna that is owned and operated by a federally licensed amateur radio station operator used for
3. Any Antenna, and any Transmission Tower to support the Antenna, owned
and operated or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and used exclusively for aircraft navigation (NAVAIDS).
4. Any Antenna and any Transmission Tower to support the Antenna, not
greater than 35 feet in height, and used exclusively as an Accessory Use to Essential Services.
with Sarasota County Building and Zoning officials before proceeding.
The preceding list covers all ten counties in The West Central Florida Section of The ARRL. While the utmost care was
taken in preparing this compendium of code requirements for erecting an amateur radio antenna support structure, it should not be used as a final authority if you wish to erect a tower for amateur radio antennas. It is rather,
an informational resource so that you can meet with your local building and zoning official somewhat prepared as to what the
rules in your county may be.
Geoff Haines, N1GY,
Technical Coordinator, West Central Florida
Section - ARRL