3 Tips to Help You Get a Cell Tower On Your Property
Try to find what the cell tower siting rules are specifically for your land. Find the local zoning map (usually online)to determine what zone your property is located in. Then look up the cell tower ordinance for your town, city or county that deals with cell towers in the area and see if your land meets cell tower land use and zoning requirements (like size of parcel, setbacks and wetlands). The important information that wireless carriers, cell tower developers, radio frequency engineers, cell tower real estate managers and network engineer departments need from you are the following:
PROPERTY INFORMATION #1 thing they need are the GPS Coordinates, that is the Latitude and Longitude. The best method is to provide it to them in Decimal Format, exactly as shown here : 30.390424, -86.593264
When you copy and paste these coordinates into Google you will see a wonderful fishing pier near our office in Fort Walton Beach, FL where the fish are always biting. Also if you need to find out how to obtain Latitude and Longitude, Kevin made You Tube explainer video about how to get your property’s GPS coordinates, that you can see here below.
PROVIDE YOUR NAME & CONTACT INFORMATION TO THE CARRIERS AND TOWER COMPANIES. Give then whatever info they need to reach you (not us!!) such as you first and last name, your email address and your phone number.
There are other factors, but these are the top 2 items and of course provide them with any and all other information, like “our T-Mobile 5G coverage is horrible here what about those TV ads for the love of all that is Holy… or…. I can only use my AT&T phone if I stay outside… or… our Verizon iPhone keeps dropping calls here…”
Check Coverage Maps
You can easily check the coverage map of individual cell companies by going to their website and looking for coverage maps. They aren’t really that great however and of course they won’t come out and say, we have poor coverage here etc. If your land is where there is no coverage by a particular company, then it is a good idea to talk to them. To find cell phone towers in your area or to find cell tower in your area on rooftops also known as rooftop cell sites, go to AntennaSearch.com and type in your address and see where the nearest cellular towers and cellular sites are located. It’s not 100% accurate but it’s a pretty good tool. They actually “updated” the website and they made it less user friendly so it takes a bit of practice to use it properly.
Put a Bandit Sign on Your Property
Let a cell tower company or wireless carrier real estate site acquisition consultant know that your property or building is available for leasing by putting up a sign clearly saying that the site is available for cell phone towers or 5G antennas. You can then advertise this property in an old-fashioned way by going with word-to-mouth or even placing advertisements on Craigslist or wherever. The sign should be very clear and visible. You can create a custom sign a Banditsigns.com .
Become Your Own Cell Tower Headhunter on LinkedIn
Even if you are not on LinkedIn, the world’s #1 business to business social network, if you want to be in the business of being a cell tower landlord we recommend that you go and create a LinkedIn profile for yourself. Find and connect with Cell Tower Real Estate Site Acquisition Consultants and Wireless Site Acquisition Companies in your state or metropolitan area, look for people with “Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, DISH Network, American Tower, Crown Castle, SBA Communication, Vertical Bridge or dozens of other small cell tower management and development companies” in their profiles, and for the jobs titles, “Cell Tower Real Estate Managers” or “Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer” in their profiles, and also include in your search the “name of your local area, state, or metro area” and join or follow wireless site acquisition groups, and cell tower management companies listed above. Look who is posting and send them your contact information and property information.