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Antenna Structure Registration

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FAA Notification Required

The FCC requires antenna structure owners to first obtain a valid determination of "no hazard" from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before registering with the Commission.

Owners of any structure that may pose a hazard to airspace have an independent obligation to notify the FAA. In the case of antenna structures, the FCC uses the FAA's recommendation in assigning painting and lighting (if necessary) in ASR.

How to Notify the FAA

To notify the FAA, you must complete FAA Form 7460-1 and submit it to the regional office serving the state in which the proposed structure is to be located.

Copies of FAA Form 7460-1 and information on how and where to notify the FAA is available on the FAA's Obstruction Evaluation / Airport Airspace Analysis homepage. Additional FAA information is available on this website, and a list of FAA regional offices is printed on FCC Form 854 (pdf) .

Owners should allow sufficient time to secure a valid FAA study. If you have any questions about the process or the time the FAA may require to process a particular application, you should contact the appropriate FAA regional office directly.

The FAA Process

The FAA will typically send an acknowledgement in response to the submission of an FAA Form 7460-1; this acknowledgement is not a final determination and is not sufficient to secure an FCC Registration. Only after the FAA has issued a final determination of "no hazard" may an antenna structure owner begin the registration process with the FCC.

A determination of "hazard" means that the proposed structure will create a hazard to air navigation no matter how conspicuous it is made. If the FAA has issued a "hazard" determination for a structure, the FCC will neither register that structure nor permit licensing on such a structure.

A determination of "no hazard" means that the FAA has determined that the structure will not pose a hazard to aircraft so long as it is painted and lighted in accordance with the FAA's recommendations (if the FAA has determined painting and lighting is necessary). A "no hazard" determination does not mean that the structure is exempt from FCC registration - only that it has cleared FAA review. The antenna structure must still be registered with the FCC unless the FAA specifically states in the determination that FAA notification was not required.

FCC Processing of Determinations

The FAA provides copies of determinations to the FCC, and the FCC in turn enters this FAA Study information into our database. If you have reason to believe that the FCC never received a determination or that the determination information on file with the FCC is inaccurate you should contact the Commission and be prepared to submit a copy of the FAA Study.

Re-studying Existing Structures

If a structure's height changes by more than one foot (.3M) or its coordinates change by more than a second, it will be necessary to secure a new FAA determination prior to filing with the Commission. Such a change can take place either due to planned construction at the site or because the structure was re-surveyed and the previously supplied data proved to be incorrect.

If you are registering an existing structure (i.e., one that should have been registered prior to July 1, 1998), we may ask the owner to have the structure re-studied by the FAA if the FCC does not have a record of a valid determination and the owner cannot provide a copy.

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