Statement regarding Utilities within the City of Fort Wayne
The City of Fort Wayne is taking applications for new or replacement utility or small cell tower poles. Any above ground utility pole, node, support structure, line, or overhead structure shall not be placed unless first a review application is provided to the Right of Way Department. Review applications may be obtained from the Right of Way Permitting Department or through the link below and submitted to the Right of Way Department for review.
New Pole/tower applications will be reviewed by a committee of members representing various departments within the City of Fort Wayne. Applications will be reviewed for completeness, impact to existing underground and above ground utilities, review of historic or protected districts, local zoning compliance, aesthetic comparison with surrounding structures and statements regarding co-location and feasibility of design and location selections. The city strives to maintain a level of consistency with design and placement on behalf of the businesses, residents and local corridor groups.
FAQ (Click Here) Regarding Small Cell/5G Structures in the City Right of Way.
Small Cell Standards - City of Fort Wayne - *Updated 5-25-21
Utility Tower Ordinance **2017**
Applicaton - New Cell Tower Installation **Updated 5-3-21**
Review forms for Cell Sites will be provided to applicants once reviewed by the city. In order to help expedite the process, applicants are encouraged to fill out the top portion of the Review Form and send in with the Application, Tracking Sheet and Construction Drawings.
New Location Review Form - per site *Updated 1-12-21*
Application - Collocation **updated 3/25/20**
If submitting multiple locations, please use an Excel template and submit with the application. A sample template with the required fields is listed on the link below:
If the submitted application is reviewed and approved or approved with comments, the applicant shall submit the approved Construction Drawings, approved review form and pole line permit to the Right of Way Department.
Once the location is approved and finalized, an address can then be assigned for all electrical inspections. This address will be used for permitting purposes for the Building Department (Electrical) and Right of Way Deparment (Pole Line). Right of Way Pole Line Permit application form is included with the link below:
Application To Install Pole Line (Submit AFTER Application is reviewed and approved)
Information for the Public - for New and Collocated structures:
List of Pending Locations - Last Updated 6-9-21
Please note, locations are either submitted and under review or are currently proposed for construction. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Right of Way Office.
If your neighborhood is interested in receiving information regarding the placement of a small cell structure in your neighborhood, please click the link below and send your information in to the city.
The following link can be used to help determine area Zoning for proposed locations.
The following link can be used to help determine City Underground Utility Locations which should be included with the orignal submittal for completeness for reviews.