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SB-649 Wireless telecommunications facilities. (2017-2018)

  The Legislature finds and declares that, to ensure that communities across the state have access to the most advanced wireless communications technologies and the transformative solutions that robust wireless connectivity enables, such as Smart Communities and the Internet of Things, California should work in coordination with federal, state, and local officials to create a statewide framework for the deployment of advanced wireless communications infrastructure in California that does all of the following:
(a) Reaffirms local governments’ historic role and authority with respect to wireless communications infrastructure siting and construction generally.
(b) Reaffirms that deployment of telecommunications facilities in the rights-of-way is a matter of statewide concern, subject to a statewide franchise, and that expeditious deployment of telecommunications networks generally is a matter of both statewide and national concern.
(c) Recognizes that the impact on local interests from individual small wireless facilities will be sufficiently minor and that such deployments should be a permitted use statewide and should not be subject to discretionary zoning review.
(d) Requires expiring permits for these facilities to be renewed so long as the site maintains compliance with use conditions adopted at the time the site was originally approved.
(e) Requires providers to obtain all applicable building or encroachment permits and comply with all related health, safety, and objective aesthetic requirements for small wireless facility deployments on a ministerial basis.
(f) Grants providers fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory, and nonexclusive access to locally owned utility poles, street lights, and other suitable host infrastructure located within the public right-of-way and in other local public places such as stadiums, parks, campuses, hospitals, transit stations, and public buildings consistent with all applicable health and safety requirements, including Public Utilities Commission General Order 95.
(g) Provides for full recovery by local governments of the costs of attaching small wireless facilities to utility poles, street lights, and other suitable host infrastructure in a manner that is consistent with existing federal and state laws governing utility pole attachments generally.
(h) Permits local governments to charge wireless permit fees that are fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory, and cost based.
(i) Advances technological and competitive neutrality while not adding new requirements on competing providers that do not exist today.

SEC. 3.SEC. 2.

 Section 65964 of the Government Code is amended to read:

 As a condition of approval of an application for a permit for construction or reconstruction for a development project for a wireless telecommunications facility, as defined in Section 65850.6, a city or county shall not do any of the following:
(a) Require an escrow deposit for removal of a wireless telecommunications facility or any component thereof. However, a performance bond or other surety or another form of security may be required, so long as the amount of the bond security is rationally related to the cost of removal. In establishing the amount of the security, the city or county shall take into consideration information provided by the permit applicant regarding the cost of removal.
(b) Unreasonably limit the duration of any permit for a wireless telecommunications facility. Limits of less than 10 years are presumed to be unreasonable absent public safety reasons or substantial land use reasons. However, cities and counties may establish a build-out period for a site. A permit shall be renewed for an equivalent duration unless the city or county makes a finding that the wireless telecommunications facility does not comply with the codes and permit conditions applicable at the time the permit was initially approved. 
(c) Require that all wireless telecommunications facilities be limited to sites owned by particular parties within the jurisdiction of the city or county.

SEC. 3.

 Section 65964.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) A small cell shall be a permitted use not subject to a city or county discretionary permit if it satisfies the following requirements:
(1) The small cell is located in the public right-of-way in any zone or in any zone that includes a commercial or industrial use.
(2) The small cell complies with all applicable state and local health and safety regulations.
(3) The small cell is not located on a fire department facility.
(b) (1) A city or county may require that the small cell be approved pursuant to a single administrative permit provided that the permit is issued within the time frames required by state and federal law.
(2) An administrative permit may be subject to the following:
(A) The same administrative permit requirements as similar construction projects applied in a nondiscriminatory manner.
(B) The submission of additional information showing that the small cell complies the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations concerning radio frequency emissions referenced in Section 332(c)(7)(B)(iv) of Title 47 of the United States Code.
(3) The administrative permit shall not be subject to:
(A) Requirements to provide additional services, directly or indirectly, including, but not limited to, in-kind contributions such as reserving fiber, conduit, or pole space.
(B) The submission of any additional information other than that required of similar construction projects, except as specifically provided in this section.
(C) Limitations on routine maintenance or the replacement of small cells with small cells that are substantially similar, the same size or smaller.
(D) The regulation of any antennas mounted on cable strands.
(c) A city or county shall not preclude the leasing or licensing of its vertical infrastructure located in public right-of-way or public utility easements under the terms set forth in this paragraph. Vertical infrastructure shall be made available under fair and reasonable fees, terms, and conditions and offered on a nondiscriminatory basis for small cells. Fees shall be cost-based, and shall not exceed the lesser of either of the following:
(1) The costs of ownership of the percentage of the volume of the capacity of the vertical infrastructure rendered unusable by a small cell.
(2) The rate produced by applying the formula adopted by the Federal Communications Commission for telecommunications pole attachments in Section 1.1409(e)(2) of Part 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(d) A city or county shall not unreasonably discriminate in the leasing or licensing of property not located in the public right-of-way owned or operated by the city or county for installation of a small cell. A city or county shall authorize the installation of a small cell on property owned or controlled by the city or county not located within the public right-of-way to the same extent the city or county permits access to that property for commercial projects or uses. These installations shall be subject to reasonable and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions.
(e) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) (A) “Small cell” means a wireless telecommunications facility, as defined in Section 65850.6, using licensed or unlicensed spectrum that meets the following qualifications:
(i) Any individual antenna, excluding the associated equipment, is individually no more than three cubic feet in volume, and all antennas on the structure total no more than six cubic feet in volume, whether in a single array or separate.
(ii) (I) The associated equipment on pole structures does not exceed 21 cubic feet for poles that can support fewer than three providers or 28 cubic feet for pole collocations that can support at least three providers, or the associated equipment on nonpole structures does not exceed 28 cubic feet for collocations that can support fewer than three providers or 35 cubic feet for collocations that can support at least three providers.
(II) The following types of associated ancillary equipment are not included in the calculation of equipment volume:
(ia) Electric meters and any required pedestal.
(ib) Concealment elements.
(ic) Any telecommunications demarcation box.
(id) Grounding equipment.
(ie) Power transfer switch.
(if) Cut-off switch.
(ig) Vertical cable runs for the connection of power and other services.
(B) “Small cell” does not include communications infrastructure extending beyond the telecommunications demarcation box.
(2) “Vertical infrastructure” means all poles or similar facilities owned or controlled by a city or county that are in the public right-of-way or public utility easements and meant for, or used in whole or in part for, communications service, electric service, lighting, traffic control, signage, or similar functions.
(f) The Legislature finds and declares that small cells, as defined in this section, have a significant economic impact in California and are not a municipal affair as that term is used in Section 5 of Article XI of the California Constitution, but are a matter of statewide concern.
SEC. 4.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.