City of Austin
In the City of Austin, antenna regulations are part of the Land Use Code.
The relevant section is §25-2-531,
"Principal Use and Development Regulations: Height Limit
Exceptions". City Ordinance 910110-J dated January 31, 1991
revised the Land Use Code to enact §25-2-531, which previously was
§13-2-608 (from 1981.) This regulation may not apply to you if you
live in Austin's extraterritorial jurisdiction.
(A) This section provides exceptions to zoning district height limits.
(B) Subsection (C) applies to:
(1) parapet walls, chimneys, vents, and mechanical or safety features
including fire towers, stairways, elevator penthouses, heating or
cooling equipment, and protective covers; and
(2) ornamental towers, cupolas, domes, and spires that are not designed
(C) A structure described in Subsection (B) may exceed a zoning district
height limit by the greater of:
(1) 15 percent;
(2) the amount necessary to comply with a federal or state regulation; or
(3) for a stack or vent, the amount necessary to comply with generally
accepted engineering standards.
(D) The height of a home radio or television receiving antenna or a
flagpole may not exceed the lesser of:
(1) 50 feet; or
(2) if attached to a building, 25 feet above the building; or
(3) if located on the ground, 125 percent of the zoning district height
(E) A radio tower operated by a licensed amateur radio operator may not
exceed a height of 60 feet plus 15 feet for antennae. The Land Use
Commission may approve a greater height as a conditional use.
(F) An antenna located on a building in a non-residential zoning district
may exceed the zoning district height limit by not more than 20 feet.
(G) A fly tower that is constructed within a performing arts theater that
seats 300 or more people may be up to 80 feet in height, regardless
of the zoning district height limit, unless a lower height limit is
required by City Code Chapter 25-2, Article 10 (Compatibility
Standards). The fly tower must be:
(1) located on land owned by the City of Austin; and
(2) designed and used for moving set pieces, lights, microphones, and
other equipment on and off stage.
Source: Section 13-2-608; Ord. 990225-70; Ord. 010607-8; Ord. 031211-11;
Ord. 040826-67; Ord. 20080724-082; Ord. 20100923-132.
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