Right of Way (ROW) Permits

Right-Of-Way Utility Permit

City Ordinance requires all applying for permits and their subcontractors to be registered with the City of McKinney's Public Works Department before a permit is granted. Please follow the instructions at the link below:

Questions or problems? Contact StreetInspector@McKinneyTexas.org

ROW Small Cell Permits

The Wireless Services (Small Cells) Design Manual (WSDM) governs the installation of small cell facilities proposed to be located in public ROW within the City of McKinney.


  1. Small cell antennas and small cell poles on private properties require a City of McKinney permit.
  2. Before applying for permits, obtain addresses for proposed small cell antennas / poles through McKinney.Tx.ROWay.net.

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Process Outline - What to Expect

Step 1: Determine the Type of Project

Before applying for the permit(s) required for installation of small-cell facilities on new or existing structures within City of McKinney public right-of-way, determine if your project meets the definition of a small-cell facility as identified in the Right-of-Way Use and Management Ordinance (PDF). Applicants are encouraged to review the ordinance amending the City of McKinney Right-of-Way Use and Management Ordinance, the WSDM (PDF) and the Small Cell Tower Availability Map.

Step 2: Registration of Small Cell Network Provider

Before applying for a permit(s), a network provider seeking to install small-cell facilities must register with the City of McKinney Public Works Department through the Small Cell Permit Application. A certificate of insurance is required at the time of application.

Step 3: Submit Required Permit Application

"Permit for Installation of Network Nodes, Poles, and/or Transport Facilities" is the required permit application for all small-cell projects. Traffic Control Plans shall be included within the plans if lane closures are needed. Designate on the application whether the permit is for network nodes, poles or transport facilities.

 Step 4: Application Review Process

  • The City of McKinney has 30 days to complete the initial review of each network node permit application and applicants will be notified by the City of McKinney Public Works Department whether the permit application is incomplete and what specific information is missing.
  • The City of McKinney has 30 days to complete the initial review of each support pole permit application and applicants will be notified by the City of McKinney Public Works Department whether the permit application is incomplete and what specific information is missing.
  • The City of McKinney has 10 days to complete the initial review of each transport facility permit application and applicants will be notified by the City of McKinney Public Works Department whether the permit application is incomplete and what specific information is missing.

Once the application is deemed complete during initial reviews, the City of McKinney Public Works Department will review the entire permit and notify the applicant of approve or disapprove status as follows:

  • Within 60 days for network nodes.
  • Within 150 days for support poles.
  • Within 21 days for transport facilities.

Once the permit is approved, the City of McKinney Public Works Department will notify the applicant of approved status. 

Applicant is required to contact City of McKinney Public Works Department 72 hours before start of work. 

  • 972-547-7352 
  • 972-547-7357

Applicant has six months from date of approval to complete the work.


Application Requirements

  • A fully completed and signed permit application as noted in Step 3. The permit will be issued in the name of the network provider that will own the facilities.
  • All application fees must be paid upon receipt of approved permit. For questions about payments, please call 972-547-7512.
    • Payments should be submitted to:
      City of McKinney, Finance
      P.O. Box 517
      McKinney, TX 75069
  • If applicable, an applicant proposing collocation on a city-owned service pole must submit a copy of the signed agreement with the city allowing the collocation at the pole's specific address at the time of filing the permit application. An applicant proposing collocation on any other pole must submit a signed agreement with the pole's owner allowing for the collocation at the pole' s specific address at the time of filing the permit application. For example, if small-cell facilities will be attached to Oncor's poles, approval from Oncor is required for each pole and each pole must have a specific address.
  • On the application, each proposed small-cell-facility installation location must have an address. Listing multiple addresses on an application is not acceptable. Please provide an aerial map of exact locations of proposed facilities. One map may cover multiple locations.
  • On the application, each proposed small cell installation location must also designate which zoning district it will be located within. Zoning district designation helps identify whether the proposed installation will be in historic or design districts or other regulated areas. Obtain zoning district information by contacting the City of McKinney Planning Dept. at 972-547-2000. The applicant must disclose if the applicant proposes that the facilities will be located in: a design district; historic district; within 300 feet of public art; near a historic site, or a structure or landmark recognized as historic by the city, state or federal government; within a park; within a residential district; or in an area that has undergrounding requirements.
  • The submitted application must include an electronic set of plans in PDF format with the following, as applicable:
    • Approval from the owner of the structure granting permission to the wireless service provider to collocate equipment on each existing structure associated with such permit.
    • Vicinity map drawn to a scale of 1"= 500' or larger showing the locations of existing structure(s) to which small-cell facilities shown on each application are proposed to be attached. The map must show strict conformity with all distance and spacing requirements. All locations will be reviewed for potential conflicts with pending City of McKinney CIP projects and any identified conflicts may require revisions to the proposed small-cell-facility-installation location(s). Identify other small-cell installations within the vicinity.
    • If the proposed installation lies within a right-of-way of another agency (TxDOT, NTTA, etc.), the applicant must provide evidence of a permit from the appropriate agency at the time of application.
    • The type(s) of equipment to be attached and/or installed at each location and no more than one network node on any one pole.
    • The plans must show an elevation profile indicating the height and dimensions of each existing structure.
    • The plans must depict and dimension any and all infrastructure proposed to be installed to support the small cell facility, including but not limited to: any equipment located within the right-of-way, antennas, meters, concealment boxes, grounding equipment, power transfer or cut­off switches, cabinets, vertical cable runs, horizontal fiber runs and power source locations. Include the cubic feet of antennae, the cubic feet of ancillary wireless equipment associated with each facility installation location and the total cubic feet combined.
    • For equipment attached to poles, a State of Texas engineer's seal, signature and date is required.
    • For underground transport facilities plans, bore work requires profiles at all crossings for 12 inch or larger water and sewer lines. Obtain as-built drawings of City of McKinney existing water, sewer, and storm lines by submitting an Open Records Request.
    • If applicable, provide a Traffic Control Plan (TCP) for review.
    • Provide a dated aerial photograph of the overall site depicting the site's relation to major streets, highways and poles. For any application requesting a new pole, "street view" photos are required showing the before and after conditions.
    • An analysis indicating that the proposed facilities will not interfere with city safety communications.
    • For transport service, if third-party transport services are used, the applicant must provide documentation that the third-party provider is paying city fees and that the applicant has received written permission to use the specifically-addressed transport services.


Submittal of GIS and Digital Information to the City

As identified in the WSDM, an applicant is required to submit Geographic Information System (GIS) data for the location of each proposed wireless facility or node support pole. The following summarizes these requirements.

Step 1

As part of the permitting process, the City of McKinney requires network providers submit GIS data associated with poles and network nodes. Please download one of these GIS data structures below as a template and complete for proper submittal. This is required prior to submitting a ROW permit application.

  • Node Pole Shapefile
  • Node Pole Geodatabase
  • Service Pole Shapefile
  • Service Pole Geodatabase
  • Transport Facility Shapefile
  • Transport Facility Geodatabase
  • Utility Pole Shapefile
  • Utility PoleGeodatabase

The following attributes are required for data approval:

  • PoleType (P TYPE)
  • PoleSubtype (P SUBTYPE)
  • PoleOwner (P OWNER)
  • PoleHeight (P HEIGHT)
  • PoleInstallType (P INST TYP)
  • NetworkNodeType (NN TYPE)
  • NetworkNodeOwner (NN OWNER)
  • NetworkNodeBaseMountingHeight (NN BASE HT)
  • NetworkNodePhysicalWidth (NN WIDTH)
  • NetworkNodePhysicalHeight (NN_PHYS_HT)

Step 2

Once the shapefile or geodatabase are populated with the required attributes, submit to the city as a .zip file using the Network Node Permit Form.

The Network Node Permit Form shall also be used to submit all other application submittal requirements as a PDF to the city.

Step 3

Prior to final inspection, complete the following attributes for the poles and nodes installed. Please append these attributes to the existing attributes previously submitted in Step 2. Submit to the city as a .zip file using the Network Node Permit Form.

  • PermitNumber (Permit_NO)
  • PoleInstall (P_INSTALL)
  • PoleImage (P_IMAGE)
  • NetworkNodeSerialNumber (NN_SERIAL)
  • NetworkNodeImage (NN_IMAGE)


Application Fees

 The following fees are due at time of submittal of the application for the small cell right-of-way permit:

  • $500 for each permit application containing up to five (5) network nodes. Maximum of 30 network nodes per application.
  • $250 for each additional network node beyond five (5).
  • $1,000 for each new network-node-support pole.

Monthly and Annual Fees

The city collects these fees which are permitted by Senate Bill 1004, Chapter 284, for small-cell facilities shall be collected in accordance the Schedule of Fees of the McKinney Code. Annual fees will not be pro-rated or delayed; for example, permit holders incurring fees for the first time in August of any particular year will be charged the same annual fee as those incurring fees for the first time in March.

Questions related to payments? Please call 972-547-2612.


City of McKinney | Finance
P.O. Box 517
McKinney, TX 75069


Contact Information & Application Submittal Location

  • City of McKinney Public Works Dept.
    1550 S. College Street, Bldg A
    McKinney TX 75069
  • Questions on the process? Call 972-547-7352 or 972-547-7357
  • Walk-In Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.