Wireless Communication Facility

What is it?

Any person desiring to locate or install a wireless communication facility must apply for a Wireless Communication Facility Permit, unless exempted as follows:
  • VHF and UHF receive-only television antennae (restricted to 15 feet above existing or proposed roof).
  • Small satellite dish antennae, defined as any satellite dish antenna, that has a diameter less than or equal to one meter located in any zoning district or two meters within Industrial or Commercial zones.
If your proposal does not fall under the exemptions noted above, please visit the RZC Table 21.76.070 under Wireless Communication Facilities to identify what type of facility is proposed (i.e. Large Satellite Dish Antenna, Amateur Ration Towers, Antenna Array and Base Stations etc) and what process it is required to follow.

For example, a Antenna Support Structure proposed within the Manufacturing or Industrial zone will require a Wireless Facilities Permit (WFP) II where as a Large Satellite Dish Antenna requires a WFP I.  Both permits are approved administratively, however, a WFP II requires public notice.

Your project may require State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review if the project is within or near critical areas (i.e. streams, wetlands, steep slopes, critical aquifer recharge area) or exceeds the SEPA categorical exemptions specified in RZC 21.70.

How Much Does it Cost?

Our review fee is a flat fee and is established within the Development Review Fee Schedule. An initial fee is required to be paid at the time of application submittal. Subsequent review fees may apply, if additional review is required. See the Fee Schedule (A-Z) page to download related fee information.  

How Long Does It Take?

How long it takes us to complete our review of your proposal depends on several factors, including the:
  • Complexity of your proposal
  • Quality of your plans and project documentation
  • Timely response to correction letters and requests for further information
  • Public interest  

Steps to Get Your Application Approved

1. Research
Find your property information. Research your site to help you plan your project.
Use our Property Viewer Interactive Map to find zoning and critical areas information.
Determine restrictions to your project. Research the Redmond Zoning Code to determine standards that will apply to your proposal.

Zoning Information  
State Environmental Policy Act (RZC 21.70)
Critical Areas Ordinance (RZC 21.64)
Tree Protection Regulations (RZC 21.72)
Wireless Communication Facilities RZC 21.56

2. Start the Application Process
Apply for an application. Get an application number by submitting your application to the Development Services Center.  You will need to provide all information noted in the applicable submittal requirement checklist.

Wireless Communication Facilities Packet

Prepare your plans and technical documents. Plans and technical document must be electronic and in accordance with the requirements specified within the submittal checklist.
Tip Sheet – SEPA
3. Submit Application 
To schedule an intake appointment you can go online, click Schedule an Appointment below or call 425-556-2473 to speak with a Permit Technician.

Tips for a Successful Intake Appointment 
Pay Fee
Plan Reviews fees are due at permit application. The fees are calculated based on your project value. 
Wait for public notice. For WFP II applications only, we will issue a public notice for your project as required by RZC 21.76.080. You are responsible for installing a yellow public notice board.  The City will work with you to determine when and where the sign needs to be installed.  We’ll consider all public comments during the 21 day public comment period.
Yellow Public Notice Board Instructions         
Read our decision. For WFP II applications only, we will publish our decision on your project on our Land Use Action Notice webpage. Additionally, the decision will be mailed to you and any parties of record.
Submit an appeal. If you or a member of the public disagrees with our decision, you may file an appeal with the Office of the City Clerk within 14 days from when we publish our decision.