Information Respecting Telecommunication Towers

Telecommunication tower/antenna systems are regulated exclusively by Federal Legislation under the Federal Radiocommunication Act and administered by Industry Canada. Provincial legislation such as the Planning Act, including zoning by-laws, do not apply to these facilities. 

Notwithstanding the federal government's exclusive jurisdiction, Industry Canada requires proponents of telecommunication towers to follow the land-use consultation protocol, established by a local municipality.

Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems Protocol (Cell Tower Protocol)

In September 2014, City Council adopted a Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems Protocol (Cell Tower Protocol).

View the City's Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems Protocol (Cell Tower Protocol).

Application for Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna System

The purpose of this protocol is:

  1. To outline a City of Pickering consultation process for the installation and modification of cell towers and other antenna installations covered by this protocol for telecommunications facilities.
  2. To outline the City's site selection and design guidelines for cell towers and other antenna installations in Pickering.
  3. To enable the development of a high calibre wireless telecommunications service in Pickering.

Who does the protocol apply to?

Monopole Installation Monopine Erskine Cemetary
A typical
monopole installation
A cell tower
disguised as a tree

The protocol applies to anyone who is planning to install or modify an antenna system, regardless of the type of installation.

This includes telecommunication carriers, businesses, governments, Crown agencies, the public, and those who install towers or antenna systems on behalf of others for leasing purposes (third party tower owners). 

Frequently Asked Questions respecting Telecommunication Towers

See our FAQ sheet for information on:

  • roles and responsibilities
  • proposals excluded from the public consultation process
  • how you can get involved in the public consultation process
  • health and safety
  • environmental concerns
  • Federal Government Representatives

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