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Discounted licensing fees are offered for sterilized dogs with a copy of a sterility certificate signed by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the state. Senior citizen discount fees are offered with proof of dog’s sterility certificate and a copy of any document showing the birth date of the person (i.e., driver’s license, state ID, or birth certificate). Only one senior citizen license discount allowed per household.
A no charge license is provided for guide dogs with proof of certification. All licenses must be renewed annually.
Permits are not required for the following:
A permit is required for most construction and/or repair projects, including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work.
Permits are necessary for, but not limited to, residential and business additions, alterations, patios, decks, garden and retaining walls, swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, air conditioners (adding or replacing), and all electrical and plumbing installations, including lawn sprinklers, water heaters, and gas lines. Also, retaining walls that are not more than three feet in height, measured from the top of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or ground slope of 5%. Please note the presence of a structure within five feet or geogrid or is a surcharge.
If necessary, you may call the morning of the inspection between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and speak with an inspector. However, we are not able to give out exact inspection times due to unexpected issues that may arise during the inspector's schedule. We will do our best to accommodate each applicant's needs.
Note: For registered users, you can schedule inspections online. Please see Citizen Services.
Certain permits are considered “over the counter.” For example, a Water Heater, Furnace or Roof replacement are permits that are issued at the counter with little paper work. These permits normally take about 15 minutes in order to fill out the application and obtain the permit.
For work involving new construction or remodeling, several items are required to be submitted for plan checking. Items that may be required, but not limited to, may be: Plot Plan, Floor Plan, Framing Details, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical plans, Soils reports, etc. Please call the Building Division at (925) 833-6620 to obtain the “Plan Submittal Checklist” for your type of project, which lists exactly what must be submitted for your project. A plan review fee is required at the time of submittal. The amount of time that it takes for your application to be approved depends on the complexity of the project. Minor items are typically handled over the counter or in one business day; other small projects such as small retaining walls, simple patio covers may take 1 to 2 weeks. However, room additions and new buildings normally take 15 business days for review.
Building permits can be applied for electronically. All over the counter type permits can be handled through e-mail. Larger projects are eligible to be process through the City’s eprocess360 system. Please contact Building at (925) 833-6620 for questions on how to process your project electronically.
You may wish to review the Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs, and Spas handout listing all requirements and safety barriers required for you spa. Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs, and Spas
If the work is on the interior of the building, someone over the age of 21 must be on site to allow the inspector access to the area of work. On work that is completely on the exterior of the building, you may leave instructions for the inspector to enter the yard without you being home. Please note that the inspector will not enter a yard / building with unattended animals or unsupervised, minor children.
The City offers over-the-counter (OTC) plan reviews for limited residential projects such as single-story additions less than 500 square feet; remodels with minimum structural changes; garage conversions to living space; and accessory structures such as sheds, arbors, patio enclosures, etc. Appointments are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and reviewed in half-hour increments per division/department. Refer to the handout OTC Residential Reviews Handout for limits on review time; specific design criteria and limitations of work; and contact information.
Persons doing business in the City of Dublin are required to have an active business license. This includes business administered out of a home, commercial space and non-Dublin businesses that provide services, deliver goods for a fee, or sub-contracts in Dublin. A business license must be obtained within 30 days of conducting business in the City of Dublin.
Owners of residential rental property in Dublin are required to have a business license, even if renting to family members or if the rent does not cover owner expenses.
It takes approximately eight weeks to process a business license application for a business located in the City of Dublin. Outside of Dublin businesses are approved the same day. Once approved, a business license certificate will be mailed to the mailing address provided.
Submit a completed business license application form and payment to the Community Development Department (CDD) in person or by mail at City of Dublin, Attn: CDD, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568. For questions, contact CDD at (925) 833-6610 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial business license registration fee is $89 dollars. An annual renewal fee is $25 dollars.
The City of Dublin business license year is October-September. Renewal invoices are mailed prior to October of each year. Renewal invoices may be paid in person by cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to City of Dublin. Renewal invoices may be eligible to be paid online. If this option is available for your business license type, instructions will be included on your renewal invoice. Renewals are to be paid no later than October 30. Renewals paid after October 30 are subject to a $22 dollar delinquent fee, plus penalty fees. For more information, please contact the City of Dublin Finance Department at (925) 833-6640.
Your Dublin business license is for business operations in the City of Dublin. If you plan to do business in another city, contact that city for licensing requirements.
Direct inquiries to the Community Development Department at (925) 833-6610 or by email at email@example.com.
The Dublin Chamber of Commerce has a listing of businesses in Dublin available for public review. In addition, a business license listing can be requested from the Community Development Department at (925) 833-6610 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and provided by the next business day. (see Master Fee Schedule under photocopies for fees). This listing can be sorted by either business name or street location and contains the business name, address, contact person, and phone number. In accordance with state law, the City is not authorized to give out certain information about a business, such as a state and federal tax identification number.
•If your business moves to another location in Dublin and/or there is a change of ownership in Dublin, you must submit a new business license application form, along with proof of new ownership (if applicable) and pay a $59 dollar fee. If your business relocated outside of Dublin, submit an Outside City business license application and pay a $22 dollar duplicate business license fee. •If your business name changes, submit a new business license application and pay a $22 dollar duplicate business license fee. •If you are no longer conducting business in Dublin, send or email a letter to close out your business license.
A print out of your current business license certificate is available for a $22 dollar fee.
A county business license allows a business to operate in the unincorporated areas of the county and is not valid for business operations conducted within the City of Dublin. To operate business in Dublin, a City of Dublin business license is required.
You may need to contact other agencies prior to the opening of your business.
If you are going from place to place or house to house conducting business or selling product, register with the Dublin Police Department for a Peddler's Permit and obtain a business license.
You can also fill out the short Registration by Mail form. Sign the form and mail it. It's pre-addressed, and no stamp is required. Voter registration forms are available at the Registrar of Voters Office located in the Alameda County Courthouse:
1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1Oakland, CA 94612
Forms are also available at all offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, all city clerks offices, public libraries, and post offices. You may also call the Registrar of Voters at (510) 267-8683 or the Secretary of State at (800) 345-VOTE and request a registration form to be mailed to you.
It can also be mailed to the Registrar of Voters or delivered in person to any polling place in your county no later than 8:00 PM on election day. If illness or a physical disability prevents you from returning your ballot in person, you may designate a close relative to return the ballot to the polling place.
The Registrar of Voters Office is located in the Alameda County Courthouse at:1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1Oakland, CA 94612
The registrar of voters office is located in the Alameda County Courthouse at:1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1Oakland, CA 94612
In addition, special elections can be called, which are limited to one specific purpose (e.g., filling a vacancy). The City of Dublin conducts a general election.
The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For additional information, call (800) 772-1213 or TTY (800) 325-0778. You may also visit their website.
Additional information may be obtained from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce website or by calling their office at (925) 828-6200.
Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
View a map / directions to the Dublin Civic Center and Public Library.
The total population of Dublin is estimated at 64,577 (California Department of Finance, as of January 1, 2019). For additional demographic information, contact the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) or the State Department of Finance.
For Planning Commission agendas, contact the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610. For Parks & Community Services Commission and/or Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission agendas, please contact the Parks & Community Services Department at (925) 833-6645.
You may view the calendar on this website to find out the date of the next City Council meeting. You may also call the City Clerk's Office at (925) 833-6650.
The Dublin Zoning Ordinance addresses a wide range of topics related to the permissible use of private property, including: permitted and conditional land uses within established zoning districts, business signs, vehicle and RV parking and storage, residential yard and building setbacks, building and fence heights, home businesses (a.k.a. Home Occupations) and accessory storage sheds or other structures in yards.
The Property Maintenance Ordinance addresses nuisance type issues that are visible from a public street and have usually gone on for some time such as: failure to dispose of trash in a timely manner, household items stored outdoors, garbage and debris accumulation, hazardous and/or unsightly conditions on private property, including unkempt properties.
You can discuss these Ordinances further with a Code Enforcement Officer at (925) 833-6610.
Residential Fence, Wall and hedge Regulations
For more details or a diagram, please contact the Planner on duty in the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610.
Call the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610 for more information on chain linked fences.
Please contact the Planning Division prior to constructing an accessory structure.
Residential Accessory Structures Brochure
Residential Auto Repair Regulations Brochure
For more information as to what type of Home Occupations are allowed, please refer to Zoning Ordinance Section 8.64.040 or contact the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610.
Home Occupation Regulations Brochure
Yes. The Ordinance prohibits removing any of the following trees without a permit from any property within the City of Dublin: any oak, bay, cypress, maple, redwood, buckeye, or sycamore tree having a trunk or main stem of 24 inches or more in diameter, measured at four feet, six inches above natural grade.It is also prohibited to remove any tree that has been preserved as part of a Development Agreement, Zoning Permit, Use Permit, Site Development Review, Subdivision Map, or planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree.
Yes. The display of promotional banners, flags, balloon, searchlights, or similar advertising devices are regulated by the Zoning Ordinance (Ch. 8.84) and require the issuance of a Temporary Promotional Permit. For more information on requirements or how to apply for a Temporary Promotional Permit, please contact the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610. Applications are typically approved over the counter on the same day that the application is received.
When you call to file a complaint, be prepared to give the address of the property and the problem and/or condition that exists. Once a complaint is received, a site visit of the property will be conducted, usually within a week. If any violations exist, the owner and/or tenant of the property will be contacted and compliance will be requested. If required, a letter is sent to the property owner/tenant stating the nature of the violation, the specific ordinance section, and requesting compliance within a certain time period.
The amount of time that the owner/tenant is given to correct the violation depends on the type and severity of the violation. A follow-up visit to the site will be made to determine compliance or correction of the violation. Additional actions will be taken for continual non-compliance such as issuing written warning notices, holding a public hearing, and issuing a citation to appear in court.
If local government officials advise evacuating the area, the Red Cross will open shelters in locations that will be safe. Be careful not to confuse an evacuation shelter with a room in a home or building that is selected to seal up and use to shelter-in-place.
Please do not confuse the recommendation to have at least three days worth of disaster supplies on hand with the amount of time that you may be asked to shelter-in-place. We always recommend having at least three days worth of supplies in case stores are closed and roads are impossible due to a disaster like a flood or winter storm.
You would seal only one room when advised to do so, and do it only when instructed - not in advance. It is likely that one roll of duct tape will be adequate. Plastic sheeting of durable thickness (thicker than food wrap) is recommended for covering vents and other openings to the outside - not the entire room. It is intended to provide a barrier to air flow.
While we can not guarantee that plastic sheeting over air vents will stop all biological, chemical, or radiological agents, it will add to the barrier of protection for your safety.
If such a room is below ground, it may not be the safest choice if told to stay at home and shelter-in-place during a weapons of mass destruction event due to the possibility that some contaminants may seep into rooms below ground level. For this reason, the Red Cross recommends and endorses having a safe room in areas where tornadoes are a threat.
However, do not confuse a safe room used for protection from windstorms with a room selected for shelter-in-place. They are technically different, although they serve a similar purpose. If a safe room for windstorms is above ground level and has no windows, it can also be an ideal location in which to shelter-in-place.
We recommend that you stock a complete kit to meet the needs of everyone in your home, and have it packed and ready to take with you in case you are advised to evacuate your home. You should also have a small disaster supplies kit in each vehicle you have, as well as supplies at your workplace. Sometimes it is easier to create one kit for each person in your home, so that the container is smaller and easier to carry. The amount of contents remains the same, in total, for everyone in your home.
If an organism develops resistance to common antibiotics, then more powerful antibiotics may have to be used instead. More powerful antibiotics often have serious side-effects, sometimes worse than the actual disease. In addition:
The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend that individuals stock up or take potassium iodide in advance of an attack. This is because potassium iodide is only useful for certain types of radioactivity, and can also be harmful if used improperly, or given to children or people with chronic or undiagnosed thyroid disease.
Consult your physician if you have questions about this chemical.
Also, designate someone who lives out of town to be the central contact, in case those you care about are in different places when disaster strikes.
We do not have information on how schools, colleges, or universities can develop disaster plans. Please consult the school board or local emergency management agency.
Parents should not drive to school to pick up children unless advised to do so; driving on the roadways may put you into harm's way.
While issuing these types of messages may cause some people to be concerned or anxious, we think that disaster preparedness actions as recommended by the Red Cross and government agencies are helpful.
The American Red Cross has resources available that can help children deal with terrorism and tragic events. See the lessons and activities to prepare your home and family for an emergency situation.
This bomb is designed to scatter dangerous and sub-lethal amounts of radioactive material over a general area. There is no way to estimate in advance the area that will be affected by such a bomb.
It is likely you will know very quickly if there is a chemical agent attack, but you may not know that there has been a biological attack immediately. Either way, the protective actions remain the same: go indoors for safety, and listen to local television and radio for advice on what to do.
If contamination is determined, you will be escorted through a decontamination process. You will then be given some form of identifier that indicated you are now free of contamination. Do not return to a contaminated area until it is determined safe by authorities, because you may have to go through the decontamination process again.
If you have further questions about decontamination procedures, please contact your local emergency management agency or local fire department.
If you are advised to evacuate, follow instructions provided on the radio or television.
It is always a good idea to get your Disaster Supplies Kit, move to the room you selected in which to shelter-in-place, and listen to local television and radio for more directions there.
The position of poet laureate began in the middle ages in England, when Ben Jonson received that honor in 1616. Remarkably, California had the first poet laureate in the United States, honoring Ina Donna Coolbrith in 1915 through 1928. Currently, 40 states have state poets laureate.
The United States adopted the idea of a national poet laureate in 1937, officially called "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress," then to "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry" in 1986. In fall 2008, Northern California poet Kay Ryan succeeded Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate.
California, and the greater Bay Area in particular, has had rapidly growing laureate programs. The nine-county area has more than half of the state's local (county, district, or city) poets laureate. In 2001, Governor Gray Davis created the official position for the State of California, with a specific term, clear public responsibilities, and stipend. Juan Felipe Herrera is the current State of California poet laureate.
The City of Dublin currently does not have a poet laureate.
This process can be time consuming, but it ensures accuracy and accountability. Anyone submitting a valid request for payment to the City will typically receive payment within 3-5 weeks from the time the request for payment or invoice is submitted.
City of Dublin programs: BMR Rental Opportunities BMR Home Ownership Opportunities First Time Homebuyer Loan Program
Regional and statewide financial assistance programs: Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center Down Payment Assistance Program Mortgage Credit Certificate Program (administered by Alameda County) California Housing Finance Agency (loans and down payment assistance) Links to Resources.
Pine and Cedar Groves at Dublin Ranch is a 322-unit apartment community located east of Tassajara Road. Please contact the leasing office at (925) 560-0965 for more information.
Wicklow Square Senior Housing is 54-unit apartment community located next to the Dublin Senior Center, off Amador Valley Road. Please contact the leasing office at (925) 556-9424 for more information.
Carlow Court is a 49-unit apartment community located off Dougherty Road. Please contact the leasing office at (925) 361-0733 for more information. Additional Rental Information.
If you have tenant concerns that are not discrimination-related, please call the California Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210 or download a copy of California Tenants: Guide to Residential Tenants and Landlord's Rights and Responsibilities.
In addition, Abode Services offers financial assistance through a rapid rehousing program. Call (510) 284-2135 for more information on this program or visit Abode Services Website.
Questions regarding the status of pending projects should be addressed to the Planning Division:Community Development Department100 Civic PlazaDublin, CA 94568
For more information, please call (925) 833-6610.
In 1999, the City Council adopted an ordinance protecting all large oak, bay, cypress, maple, redwood, buckeye, and sycamore trees from indiscriminate cutting and removal. In doing so, the ordinance requires that property owners apply for and obtain a permit from the City before any heritage tree can be destroyed or removed. The removal of hazardous heritage trees or portions thereof must be approved by the City. However, the removal of healthy heritage trees is only approved in conjunction with a permit by the City for new construction under circumstances which justify such action. For new developments, an architect or designer must make every effort to design a project in order to minimize or eliminate the need to impact or remove healthy heritage trees.
Some tree changes are imperceptible and no one can fully guard against unforeseen problems. However, there are signs that everyone can watch for -- for example, a tree leaning badly in one direction; roots lifting out of the ground; cracks or splits in large branches; limbs that appear to have no live tissue while other portions of the tree appear healthy; a general decline in the appearance and the overall vigor of the tree; and wells or depressions around the tree allowing water to stand of long periods of time. Staff members are available during normal working hours to answer general questions and process heritage tree applications. During normal working hours call (925) 833-6610.
When you use 9-1-1, your call goes directly to the dispatch center. All 9-1-1 calls are automatically traced back to their origin. If you were unable to tell the operator your problem, proper emergency services will be dispatched to the location from which the call originated.
9-1-1 is the number to call when you want to report a serious crime, a crime in progress, or a life-threatening emergency. Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are trained to give medical information on the phone in addition to dispatching emergency personnel. The dispatchers are radio-linked to all of the police and fire stations, as well as all emergency vehicles in the field. When making a 9-1-1 call, it is important to stay calm and remain on the telephone line until the dispatcher notifies you that it is okay to hang up.
Contact the Alameda County Superior Court at 5151 Gleason Drive, Dublin, CA 94568 or by phone at (925) 803-7171. If the situation requires prompt action and the court is closed, Police Services may be able to assist you in obtaining an emergency protective order.
Yes, during non-emergency situations, you may call the Police Services Tip Line at (925) 833-6638.
If you live in Dublin, you may either visit the Dublin Police Services Business Office and file the report in person or you may call Dispatch and an officer will be dispatched to your home to take a report. Reports cannot be filed online or over the phone.
The law specifically governs what information can be released to the public. If you need a copy of a police report, contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office (100 Civic Plaza Dublin, CA 94568) or via the business number: (925) 833-6670. A $5.00 fee is charged per report.
Yes, please contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office at 925-833-6670 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to request an officer to sign off your citation. There is a $41.00 fee for this service for tickets issued by outside jurisdictions. You must bring the vehicle and citation to the department with the required repairs completed. A police officer will inspect the vehicle to ensure the repairs have been made and sign the proof of correction. It is then your responsibility to return the proof of correction to the appropriate court with any fees required to have the citation dismissed. Note: Only the court can sign off on proof of insurance violations.
To report an item as lost or to submit a found item, please contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office at 925-833-6670.
You may come to Police Services to complete an Administrative Review Request worksheet. The request must be submitted within 21 days of when the citation was issued. Once completed, the traffic department will review the information and make a determination regarding your liability. You will receive a letter in the mail advising of the outcome.
You may begin the process of obtaining a vehicle release the same day that a vehicle has been towed, except in instances when a vehicle has been placed on a 30-day hold by the citation officer. In order to retrieve a vehicle after it’s been towed, you must be the registered owner and you must come to Dublin Police Services Business Office in person to retrieve the vehicle release form and to pay the release fee to the City of Dublin ($107.00). During business hours, you may visit the Dublin Police Services Business Office to obtain the form and to pay the fee. Cash, checks, and American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa credit cards are accepted forms of payment. After business hours and during weekends or City holidays, you may use the call box located immediately outside Dublin Police Services. This will connect you directly to Dispatch, which will send an officer to assist you in obtaining the vehicle release form. After business hours, only exact change will be accepted by the City of Dublin. A vehicle release will only be granted to you as the registered owner. You must bring the following: 1. Up-to-date registration on the vehicle (this can be verified at Dublin Police Services); 2. A valid California State Driver’s license; OR 3. A Photo ID (e.g. Costco card, credit card with photo ID on the card, etc.) to verify the registered owner’s identity. If you do not have a valid California Driver's License, you must be accompanied by someone who has a valid California State Driver’s license on their person. After you obtain the vehicle release form, you may proceed to the tow yard. Towing fees must also be resolved at the tow yard before the vehicle may be retrieved.
Fingerprinting services are available by appointment for City of Dublin volunteers and City permit applicants. Please call the Dublin Police Services Business Office at 925-833-6670 to make an appointment for fingerprinting services.
Contact the Dublin Police Services Business Office to inquire about property. To receive any property from the department, individuals must call and make an appointment with the sheriff's technician. Please be prepared to provide the following information: 1. Name 2. Report Number 3. Date and/or Location of Occurrence If you have filed a report of a lost or stolen bicycle, call and arrange to view the bicycles in our storage area. The sheriff's technician can be reached by calling Dublin Police Services at 925-833-6668.
You may also submit payment for parking citations online.
Report abandoned vehicles on public property by calling (925) 452-2121 and leaving a message or call (925) 462-1212 to speak with a dispatcher regarding your concern.
To report abandoned vehicles on private property, call the City's code enforcement officer located in the Planning Division at (925) 833-6610.
According to California Vehicle Code 23123(a), a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving. California Vehicle Code 23123.5 goes on to state that it is illegal to write, send, or receive a text communication. This includes text messages, emails, or instant messages. Violators are subject to citation.
Visit the Citizen Ride-Along webpage on the City of Dublin website. Citizen Ride-Along Webpage
If you notice a traffic signal not working or malfunctioning after hours or on weekends, contact Police Services Dispatch at (925) 462-1212. Maintenance personnel will be dispatched to evaluate the seriousness of the problem and make necessary repairs.
Trees located in the street medians or sidewalk tree wells on major arterial streets are maintained by the City of Dublin. To report a City tree that requires maintenance please contact the Maintenance Division of Public Works at (925) 833-6630 or submit your requests online by using Request Tracker.
1) Place them in the residential green organics cart provided by the City’s waste hauler, Amador Valley Industries (AVI). If the quantity of leaves is greater than the size of the organics cart, residents may:2) Contact AVI directly and schedule one of three annual “large item pick-ups” with the company. Leaves must be bagged and set into the curb; the volume of the bagged leaves cannot exceed 7 cubic yards.
Routine street sweeping in Dublin removes leaves that have naturally fallen into the gutter or roadway. However, the sweeping vehicle does not have the capacity to pick up leaves that have been swept from residential yards into the gutter or roadway. Please do not attempt to dispose of leaves by sweeping them into the gutter or roadway. If leaves have been swept from residential yards into the gutter or roadway, the street sweeping vehicle will pass the leaves and proceed to the adjacent open gutter. More information on "large item pick-ups" with AVI
Wireless Communications Facilities (WCF) are facilities that transmit and/or receive electromagnetic signals usually consisting of an antenna array, connection cables, and tower structure or other structure used to achieve the necessary elevation. There are two types of such WCF, macrocell and small cell. Macrocells are considered large towers that can contain up to 12 antennae and cover larger areas; whereas, small cells are more discreet and cover only a few hundred feet (please refer to image).
Small cells are a relatively newer phenomena and are typically 3-4 feet tall, mounted on existing infrastructure, such as street lights and utility poles in the City's public right-of-way. Small cells also include supporting equipment cabinets, such as battery backups, which can also attach to the pole.
The utility poles in the City are owned by various entities including, but not limited to, PG&E, AT&T, and Comcast. The City of Dublin only owns street light poles and traffic signal poles; however, some street light poles are owned by homeowners’ associations or a private property owners when located on private property.
Applicants who would like to install small cells on City-owned poles are required to go through the Master License Agreement process; however, it must do so within the established federal and state laws.
These federal and state laws prohibit cities from:
a) denying a carrier the ability to provide service;
b) denying applications based on health concerns associated with radio waves from antennae;
c) stalling or failing to decide on a wireless application.
Small cells are operated by various wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Small cells can be placed in high demand areas including, but not limited to, public squares and spaces, downtown pedestrian areas, office buildings, campuses, residential neighborhoods, and in areas where coverage may be limited in order to provide additional coverage and capacity to the customers of these wireless carriers.
The City, recognizing that its existing Wireless Ordinance did not adequately address small cells, updated the ordinance in 2017 to clarify the regulation of Wireless Facilities in the City’s public right-of-way. The City will continue to review the Wireless Ordinance as new state and federal laws are implemented and make changes as necessary.
According to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, cities are prohibited from denying a permit to construct Wireless Facilities based on health concerns arising from the Radio Frequency (RF) emissions, provided that the emissions from the facility complies with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards.
To ensure compliance with the FCC standards, the City of Dublin requires all applicants to submit an RF Emissions report. The document includes the actual RF emission levels as they exist currently and the cumulative levels for the proposed small cell including all other small cells in the vicinity. Subsequently, each time there are modifications to existing small cells, the City requires the submission of an RF report to ensure conformance to the FCC standards.
Due to the Federal Communications Commission regulations, cities cannot deny applicants the ability to provide service through prohibitions or have the effect of prohibiting (for example, banning new small cells or establishing a maximum cap). These federal and state laws preempt the cities from limiting the number of small cells being deployed.
The updated ordinance:
protects the visual character of the City and “ensures against the creation of visual blight”;
establishes a process of obtaining necessary permits for small cells; and
3. provides development standards and regulations, and design review criteria for small cells.
Cities around the country are either working toward updating or have already updated their wireless ordinances to include small cell technology. These updated ordinances ensure compliance with various state and federal regulations.