WTF Permit Application

Dear Neighbor – What To Do

It seems the great plans for magical microwaves have dropped out of the news, leaving many states with laws being used to deploy high powered small cells (antennas) in the right of ways of our homes and businesses. You may find that local authorities, point the finger at the state and federal, while the state and federal point their finger at the local authorities. And in the meantime they install more and more of these. I have seen the permits for what is being installed in my community and have seen permits for antennas that have unmitigated, unlawful and unnecessary power levels that can be harmful to life and property that are being installed without the proper horizontal and vertical setbacks.

First let me say that if your local authority does not have authority over the power levels and setbacks of these antennas, it is because they have not written their own ordinances to stay compliant and effective with respect to current law. The legal matters are complicated and they may not believe or even want to have the authority to protect the public, so if you take this issue up with them, be prepared.

What YOU can do is get a list of permit applications and be alert for what they plan that may effect you. I would also suggest you notify anyone else you see that may be placed in harms way. Be advised that it appears such information is being obscured to prevent you from getting this information so you may need to request and search for this information in numerous ways. You will probably find that there are conventional antenna applications that are made through the building department of your city or county. Those would be requested as “current applications for wireless telecommunication facilities”. Make an appointment to go see the list and bring a digital camera and photograph what you cannot easily get a copy of. It they give you a Covid excuse, they should send you the list. Depending on how big your area is, you may need to limit the request to any open permit that has not been finaled through inspection. These are the easy ones to find. They will likely be monopole towers and rooftop installations, either new or modifications. Get a list of them all. Then you will need to make further request for the permit application files for the ones of interest.

Then there are the Right-of-Way (ROW) permit applications. The ROW is the area, usually along the roadway, where utilities may be installed. Some states have decided to allow them to be used by the telecoms to install their facilities with special considerations for what they termed small cellular equipment. These are physically small antennas that were originally represented as being no more than around 60 watts of Effective Radiated Power (ERP) but are now actually being installed at around 10,000 – 30,000 watts of ERP. The laws here were at one time clear they could do that and then changes so they could not and then changed so that maybe they could if the state said so. Find out about these and protect you and yours.

Finding these permits is not straight-forward. There are city, county, state and federal ROW systems. The ROW for the antenna installation may be associated with other ROW for the power supply and there may also be a local Building Department permit for it. The Building Departments may or may not list these as Antenna permit applications and my try to process them as Electrical of other permits. They will pertain to the power supply and try to avoid including the actual antenna. This results in a variety of permitting defects that can be useful. You cannot actually permit the power supply to an antenna without involving telecom equipment that it connects to and what these Building Department permits are will at least be an antenna modification permit. Look for the RRU, which is a Remote Radio Unit, that is part of the antenna control system.

Finding the ROW permits is also challenging. You may have county, state and federal ROW in a city. Most of the worst installations would be on the smaller roads that are controlled by the municipalities. Some of these are right by peoples homes. So, when you are trying to get the Building Department records you may need to make it clear you also want to see these records, and get that list. Understand that it may be a separate information system. There is a lot of variation in how the county and municipal ROW records are organized and processed. To say there is a lack of transparency here is an understatement.

You may find the state ROW online and just need to find out how to search the system for the antenna installations. They will likely be called small cells. In Florida, these are online through the Florida Department of Transportation. Then you will need to find your local office and request to see any permitting files of interest.

Yes, get the lists. See if you are OK and warn others who are not. Then what? Fight or flight? Say you are on the list. You will first need the actual permitting files to identify the actual location. It is common to find that the addresses given on the permitting files are not correct. That also means you should check all locations within 1,000 feet of you, very carefully (get the file). You may be able to guess with the exact location and the specifications for the antenna, just how much trouble you may be in. If they are going to install 20,000 watts of ERP 30 feet from your home, I would suggest you make plans for flight while you fight. You can otherwise assess if you can mitigate your home. Immediately conduct a Need Test. Get a phone for the telecom installing the small cell and see how many bar are on the phone at the site and for 300-600 feet around it. (Note: Never advertise a need test.) If you get 3-4 bar, the installation is without need and you have grounds for a fight, even in states with the worst laws. As long as you can make a cell phone call with good quality, that connects and does not drop throughout the area, there really is no need for the installation under the Communications Act. So assess the Need on both those basis. Documenting the need is usually done by video and requires three people who will provide affidavits. You may also be able to get a power density survey, if you have the $.

For the fight you will need all the permitting files associated with the site. Your best reference for how to file a controversy with the FCC is Susan with Scientists for Wired Technology. She works by donation. Also contact My Street My Choice both links on my reference page. If the antenna is under 33 feet high and over 1,000 watts of ERP it is likely violating a lot of FCC rules. Even if it is over 33 feet high it can still violate them. NEPA is the main one. Filing a controversy is not necessarily a cure. The FCC is considered a captured agency. However, I think this is the best way to notify all parties you do not consent and WHY, short of getting an attorney and taking them to court. Some places have tried Cease and Desist notices and if you have disabilities, there are recourse through ADA so find out more, but we will not address these here.

If you are getting an attorney to fight, the best is considered Andrew J Campanelli out of New York. He is online so you can get a lot of his advise for free at various safe tech websites. Your chances of stopping an install are way better than getting one removed.

If you do have one installed near you, you should get a meter and check your exposures. Most of the permits I have seen are powered up on low and mid band so the waves travel. If you can site the source within 2,000 feet, you should check your exposures. Or if you are within 1,000 feet sited or not. See the Three Things page for what you can do.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I monitor the blog weekly.

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Dear Palm Beach County Neighbor

These so called “small” cells are 100X more powerful that what was proposed for Smart Cities. The harm they do is just DUMB

These past years we have seen the invasion of wireless Towers and so called “small” Cells into our neighborhoods and by our homes. The microwave radiation levels in our communities has become excessive. Small Cells are small in size only and can be as powerful as the Towers, but placed much closer. I urge you to find out about these facilities before they are constructed and take action before your property is debased and your health further harmed. Most of these installations are UNNECESSARY and UNLAWFUL. Our other posts list some of the locations in Boynton Beach and Lantana where some of these these are planned. But now we have a list for unincorporated Palm Beach County. They are found as electrical permits but they are more likely to actually be permits to modify and/or construct these small wireless telecommunication facilities.

Here is a link to more details if you see an address near you.

Contact us here if you need help filing complaints. Your City and County may tell you that they cannot do anything, but the law have changed over the last year and these wireless facilities are not entitled to the status of utilities. The placement of these facilities in close proximity to the public is a PUBLIC SAFETY PROBLEM. We will have another post about that.

Address That May be a Small Cell Location
8405 Winnipesaukee Way, Lake Worth, 33467
3208 Medinah Cir W, Lake Worth, 33467
18816 Rio Vista Dr, Jupiter, 33469
18915 S State Road 7, Boca Raton, 33498
7294 Willow Spring Cir W, Boynton Beach, 33436
4408 Hypoluxo Rd, Lantana, 33462
3382 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, 33406
3936 Dorrit Ave, Boynton Beach, 33436
20735 S State Road 7, Boca Raton, 33428
10020 Lawrence Rd, Boynton Beach, 33436
2750 Lantana Rd, Lantana, 33462
17346 Lake Park Rd, Boca Raton, 33487
11090 Jack Nicklaus Dr, North Palm Beach, 33408
21704 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, 33498
4515 Weymouth St, Lake Worth, 33463
5585 S State Road 7, Lake Worth, 33449
8220 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, 33467
79 Kelly Dr, West Palm Beach, 33411
4831 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, 33417
5999 Le Chalet Blvd, Boynton Beach, 33472
6498 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, 33463
6504 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, 33446
6765 Country Club Rd, West Palm Beach, 33411
5049 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, 33415
5995 S Haverhill Rd, Lake Worth, 33463
7680 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, 33413
12813 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, 33498
13710 Old Prosperity Farms Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, 33410

If we do not set limits on these, the installation will continue and we will all be living in unmitigated, excessive levels of radiation.

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Dear Neighbor – Contact Us

5G built right
This is what was advertised and something very different is happening. See the Small Cell here that is just a bit more powerful that a Wi-Fi Router? Well what they are putting in are thousands of Watts. Make sure you know the FCC rules and what is scheduled for installation in your neighborhood.

Telecoms are currently pushing installation of Wireless Telecom Facilities (WTF) that do not appear to comply with current Federal Law. They are doing it because it will cost them a lot more to comply with the rules. You will need to go to your Municipal or County Building Departments and ask to review the pending permit applications for WTF to know if one is planned for installation in the Right-of-Way of your home or community.

There are eight ROW permits in Lantana for small cells, from Verizon. The antenna is only partially defined but appears to have multiple antennas and bands of high power. These are being installed in close proximity to people and their homes and do not likely comply with FCC rules for Effective Radiated Power. The planned sites are as follows and FCC Complaint have been filed on the first four:

Lantana Permits
1402 West Mango
401 Minnesota
555 East Coast
708 S Broadway
1003 S Broadway
1300 S Broadway
1142 W Garnett St
1319 W Jennings

I also found numerous “Small” cells going up in Boynton Beach from AT&T What can be seen installed appears to be a high powered antennas in close proximity to people and their homes. The proposed antenna in the plans has a maximum input power of approximately 2,000 watts and an effective radiated power of approximately 17,000 watts. Here is the antenna . It comes with a 100 amp service and a 200 amp meter – enough for a Macro Cell Tower . The sites being permitted are as follows. High Ridge Road has an even larger antenna and is discussed in a separate post.

Boynton Beach Sites:

AddressStatusElectical PermitROW PermitAntenna Permit
3473 High Ridge RoadOn HoldE-19-020E-19-03419-4044  Antenna
1900 N. FederalApproved20-28532019-H-496-00317
2360 N FederalApproved20-2856E-19-040 19-1551-Ant-Cancelled
1601 S. FederalApproved19-4842 Fiber-Optics19-1792-Ant-Cancelled
755 W Boynton Beach BlvdApproved20-2854 UT55327, 5426920-2732-Other-Void
1001 Leisure LaneOn Hold20-2848E19-021,E20-01619-1241-Ant-Cancelled
2315 SW 11thOn Hold20-2881 UT55551,52921,54243 
3112 SE 1st PlaceApproved20-2855E-19-033 
2190 NE 1st LaneApproved20-2859 E-19-029 
2770 NE 1st StreetOn Hold20-2857E-19-01919-1242-Ant-Cancelled
3662 Newport Ave On Hold20-3240E-20-031, E-19-03619-1445-Ant-Cancelled

Four more filed in September and October in Boynton Beach

20-45027044 Lawrence
20-4957740 N. Congress
20-49593000 Old Boynton
20-49601501 N. Congress

If you have problems, contact me here through the comments that are moderated. Do not wait until they are installed.

200 Amps – Enough to supply it’s full potential of 17,000 Watts Effective Radiated Power – Just a modification away.
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Rooftop Antennas at Compson Place

Dear Neighbor,

We thought you might need to know that the City might approve, near your home, a rooftop installation of nine antennas, potentially outputting the effective radiated power (ERP) of a macro cell tower.  The microwave radiation broadcast from this infrastructure could be measurable in your home.  The intended construction is on the Compson Place Apartments at 1831 Renaissance Commons Boulevard, near the corner of Gateway and Congress.

You can inspect documents for permit 20-2627 at the Boynton Beach Building Department,  561-742-6350.

Should you wish to speak with others helping to alert neighbors of such activities, feel free to contact us through the comments below. You can leave an email and request contact without publication. Comments are moderated.

Learn more at .

Wishing you a happy, healthy new decade.

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Dear Neighbor High Ridge Road

Dear Neighbor,

We thought you might need to know that the City might place near your home a cell tower described as “small”, but potentially outputting the effective radiated power (ERP) of a macro cell tower.  The microwave radiation broadcast from this infrastructure would be measurable in your home.  The address of the intended construction is 3473 High Ridge Road

You can inspect documents for permit 19-4044 at the Boynton Beach Building Department,  561-742-6350

Should you wish to speak with others helping to alert neighbors of such activities, feel free to contact us through the comments below. You can leave an email and request contact without publication. Comments are moderated.

Learn more at .

Wishing you a happy, healthy new decade.

You can also get a copy of the permit file by leaving a request in a comment with your email that will be moderated out. Any messages you do not want posted, just note in the post.

This is the top antenna that will be installed. The potential Effective Radiated Power for this antenna is approximately 30,000 Watts.

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