F G B R C A  

Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations


Small Wireless Facilities


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After the passage of the Small Wireless Facilities (5G) ordinance in late 2020, there still remains a number of activities to operationalize the permitting process for the City Parish. Currently,  staff in the Department of Development-Permitting Office and the Information Technology-GIS Mapping group are working on several items required to apply for, process and communicate the status of permits for Small Wireless Facilities.   Additionally,  the ability for Homeowner associations to submit preferred locations in their respective subdivisions is also being addressed. 

Specific activities include:

Several 5G task force members met with Verizon staff to talk about and share the approach the Federation and Permitting Office is proposing to collect preferred location data. Good discussion and several key insights were shared on how the service providers site their 5G facilities, what location flexibility they have and some suggestions to our preferred location guidance document. All in all, a very productive discussion with Verizon.

As it stands right now,  there have been no additional permit requests made by the service providers—but that can’t last forever.


What should HOAs be doing in the interim? 
HOA boards should be working on developing the preferred locations in their respective subdivisions.  A document to explain a potential method to accomplish this is available above.  See Preferred Location Document for HOAs  in the useful links section above.