Wireless Communications

Welcome to the Community Development Department's "Wireless Communications" page.   Here you will find links to regulations, design and location standards, application forms, fee schedules, and other materials needed for submission of applications for modifications to existing or new wireless telecommunications facilities.  As applications are submitted, this page will also provide a link to applications that are pending review pursuant to the City's ordinance.

Please click on the following links to view the Regulations and Design and Location Standards for wireless communications facilities:

Regulations for Wireless Communications Facilities (Code Section 25.48.300)
Design and Location Standards (Resolution No. 090-2021) - provides standards for wireless facilities on private and public land, and in the public rights-of-way and utility easements.

To view the regulations for wireless communications facilities located within public rights-of-way,  please click on the link below.  For more information about wireless facilities in public rights-of-way, please contact the Public Works Department/Engineering Division at dpw@burlingame.org

Regulations for Wireless Facilities in Public Rights-of-Way (Chapter 12.11)

This link will provide access to information regarding the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996: https://www.fcc.gov/general/telecommunications-act-1996

Zoning Code Update
Wireless Facilities on Public/Private Property and in Public Rights-Of-Way

On July 6, 2021, the City Council adopted an Ordinance updating Chapter 25.77 (now Code Section 25.48.300) of the Zoning Code (“Wireless Communications Facilities”) to remove regulations pertaining to wireless facilities in the public rights-of-way, which are covered by a (new) Chapter 12.11.  The meeting documents may be viewed here (see Items 10a and 10b).   The other amendments to Chapter 25.77 updated definitions for key terms and modified the procedures to allow for a more streamlined review of applications that are subject to short shot clocks for action, such as small cell facilities, collocations, and eligible facilities requests.

Some changes are required to better ensure the City’s regulations allow the timely processing of applications in compliance with state and federal law. There have been significant changes in state and federal law and in wireless technology since the City’s last major update over nine years ago.  This update also provided an opportunity to revisit existing location preferences and design standards applicable to all types of proposed wireless installations throughout Burlingame, and established the contract conditions for use of City-owned street light poles for small wireless facilities.

The new regulations regulate the installation, operation, collocation, modification and removal of wireless facilities in Burlingame, while also protect the City’s interests to the extent permitted by state and federal law. 


Administrative Use Permit Applications:
 - None at this time.

Conditional Use Permit Applications:
 - None at this time.

Wireless Workshop
On June 10, 2020 the City of Burlingame hosted a webinar workshop to discuss small cellular technology in Burlingame, ask questions of our experts, and start the conversation about the future of wireless infrastructure in Burlingame.  If you were unable to attend, you may view a recording of the webinar below.