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Local Tower Regulations

Local municipalities, counties, and homeowner's associations may all have regulations concerning the location, size, and height of radio antennas and radio antenna support structures on private property. Many of these regulations are available online and are here noted for convenience to Amateur Radio operators in the central Texas area, as a possible starting point for real research into specific building issues. These regulations may change from time to time, and the CTDXCC is not responsible for their accuracy. See the disclaimer below.

 - City of Austin
 - Village of Bee Cave
 - City of Bertram
 - City of Buda
 - City of Burnet
 - City of Cedar Park
 - City of Fredericksburg
 - City of Georgetown
 - City of Harker Heights
 - City of Kerrville
 - City of Killeen
 - City of Kirby
 - City of Kyle
 - City of Lacy Lakeview
 - City of Lakeway
 - City of Lampasas
 - City of Leander
 - City of Lockhart
 - City of Manor
 - City of Marble Falls
 - City of New Braunfels
 - City of Pflugerville
 - City of Rollingwood
 - City of Round Rock
 - City of San Marcos
 - City of Taylor
 - City of Temple
 - City of West Lake Hills
 - Village of Wimberley
State and Federal Law

All municipal and county ordinances in the state of Texas regarding Amateur Radio antennas and towers are subject to the State of Texas Local Government Code §250.002 "Regulation of Amateur Radio Antennas:

(a) A municipality or county may not enact or enforce 
    an ordinance or order that does not comply with 
    the ruling of the Federal Communications Commission 
    in "Amateur Radio Preemption, 101 FCC 2nd 952 
    (1985)" or a regulation related to amateur radio 
    service adopted under 47 C.F.R. Part 97.

(b) If a municipality or county adopts an ordinance or
    order involving the placement, screening, or height
    of an amateur radio antenna based on health, 
    safety, or aesthetic conditions, the ordinance or 
    order must:

  (1) reasonably accommodate amateur communications; and

  (2) represent the minimal practicable regulation to 
      accomplish the municipality's or county's 
      legitimate purpose.

(c) This section does not prohibit a municipality or 
    county from taking any action to protect or 
    preserve a historic, historical, or architectural 
    district that is established by the municipality 
    or county or under state or federal law.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 68, section 1, 
eff. May 10, 1999.

The FCC ruling referenced in the Texas Statutes is commonly referred to as "PRB-1". This Declaratory Ruling delineates the limitations of local zoning and other local and state regulatory authority over Federally-licensed radio facilities.

 - FCC Services PRB-1
 - 47 C.F.R. Part 97
 - ARRL Antenna Restrictions Resources
 - Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur

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