Wireless Facilities

In 2018 the State of Minnesota and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed legislation allowing wireless providers to place infrastructure, such as antennas and other equipment, in City rights-of-way while limiting the City’s ability to regulate placement of the equipment. The wireless infrastructure will enable technological advances such as 5G technology, and the City expects installation to begin at any time.

right-of-way illustrationIn response to the new regulations and impending installations, the City Council modified the City’s Right-of-Way Management Ordinance to ensure wireless providers meet minimum design and aesthetic standards.

In brief, the modified ordinance allows the City to:

  • require a minimum distance between equipment
  • require a permit be obtained for any person wanting to locate a wireless facility in City right-of-way
  • regulate equipment aesthetic standards such as the specific color, design, and material used
  • require ground-mounted equipment to be concealed underground or in a closed cabinet



For more information on wireless facilities, contact the City of Golden Valley Engineering Department at 763-593-8030.