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Special Uses – Communication SitesCibola NF Communications Site


SPECIAL USES – COMMUNICATIONS USES

Communications facilities (e.g., buildings, cabinets, towers) and equipment located on National Forest System lands are an integral part of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. The authorized infrastructure supports over 10,000 wireless uses, including federal, state and local governments for critical communications, emergency services, railroads, utility companies, and private communications companies for personal communications, and television and radio broadcast uses.

Currently, the Forest Service manages over 1,500 communications sites and administers approximately 4,000 individual authorizations (lease or permit). In 2018, the Forest Service collected approximately $13 million in rental fees for these uses.

LAW, REGULATION, POLICY AND OTHER APPLICABLE GUIDANCE

Law



16 U.S.C. 580d.
Section 7 of the Granger-Thye Act of April 24, 1950 (16 U.S.C. 580d)

Regulation

SpeciUsesal .
36 CFR Part 251, Subpart B – Special Uses

Policy

Forest Service Manual 2700

Forest Service Handbook 2709.11

Forest Service Handbook 1909.15


Other Applicable Guidance

Communication Tower Guidance .
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Communication Tower Guidance ”

FCC TowerChange Light .
Federal Communications Commission Tower Light Change Information (2015 )

EO 13821.
Executive Order 13821 of January 8, 2018 “Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America


APPLYING FOR A SPECIAL USE AUTHORIZATION

The Forest Service authorizes communications uses on National Forest System lands with a lease or permit. The Forest Service encourages, and in some instances requires, co-location within or on existing facilities. Proposed uses must be consistent with our management objectives for the site and compatible with all existing uses.

For a list of existing communications site on National Forest System lands, click here.

For more information on how to apply for an authorization click here

Obtaining a Special-Use Authorization with the Forest Service

SF-299 Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands

Communications Use Plan of Development

For a list of national and regional contacts, click here.

PLANNING

Communications Site Management Plan Template

RENTAL FEES

In 1996, the Forest Service adopted a national rental fee schedule for communications uses. Rental fees are based upon two criteria 1) the type of communications use and 2) the population of the largest community served by the communications site.  

Each lease holder must submit an annual inventory certification that lists the holder’s use and all occupants and their use, within or on the facility, as of September 30th. This information must be received by the National Billing Team no later than October 15th. The Forest Service uses this information to calculate the following calendar year rental fee.

National Communications Use Billing Team
Address:  2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon 97471
Phone: 541-957-3291
FAX: 541-957-3495
E-mail: fs_commsite_paymentcenter@fs.fed.us

  • Annual notification letter
  • Contact Information Sheet
  • FS-2700-10a Communications Site Tenant/Customer Inventory Certification

2019 US Forest Service Rental Fee Schedule for Communications Uses

2019 Listing of Cities by Population Strata

Previous Schedules


FORMS
  • SF-299 Application for Transportation and Utility Systems and Facilities on Federal Lands
  • FS-2700-10 Electronic Technical Data Form
  • FS-2700-10a Communications Site Tenant/Customer Inventory Certification
  • FS-2700-10b Communications Use Lease
  • FS-2700-10c Communications Use Permit for Federal Agencies
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