Wireless and Small Cell

These webpages are your starting point for any wireless related questions for the City of Seattle. Wireless Providers looking to deploy wireless equipment in Seattle will find access to process information and key departmental contacts for deployment of wireless facilities. Residents will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about wireless deployments in Seattle. You can also find contact information for submitting questions or issues related to wireless activity. 

Public Comment Period Open: The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has published SDOT's proposed Director's Rule on Design Standards for Small Wireless Facilities (SWF) attached to public and private poles within City of Seattle right-of-way. The standards are being proposed in order to reduce visual impacts to the streets and sidewalks that form the public right-of-way by establishing rules concerning SWF design. SDOT has completed an environmental review and issued a SEPA* Threshold Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for this non-project proposed rule.

You can read the proposed SWF design standards here, which include diagrams and photos to help visualize these installations. You can review the SEPA Threshold Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) here, as well as the SEPA Checklist.  If you have comments on the proposed design standards and the associated SEPA DNS, the public comment period runs for two weeks from February 13, 2020 and closes on February 27, 2020 at 5pm. Comments may be submitted online, by email at telecom.wireless@seattle.gov, or by mail to:

Seattle Department of Transportation
Attn: Alyse Nelson
PO Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124

*SEPA = Washington State Environmental Policy Act

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs (Design Standards for Small Wireless Facilities on Poles)

A sample public notification form about construction of small cell facilities is here