Antenna Resource Guide

If you are planning to install an antenna tower, a permit is required. If a contractor is performing the work, he must have a valid Village Contractor's Business License before the permit is issued.

If you have any questions, please contact the Permitting Division of the Community Development Department at 847.923.4420.

Current Fee:

  • Residential $155
  • Commercial $242

Submittal Requirement:

  • Electrical permit application
  • Two (2) copies of your plat of survey indicating the location of the tower shown to scale.
  • Two (2) copies of a scaled dimensional drawing including any structural, electrical or low voltage information.

Required Inspections:

  • Grounding inspection
  • Final inspection

Inspections can be scheduled up to 4pm the business day prior to the requested inspection date by contacting the Permitting Division of the Community Development Department at 847.923.4420.

Code Requirements:

  • Noncommercial antenna towers shall include those used by FCC licensed ham amateur radio operators and all voluntary disaster communication facilities, including civil defense and citizens band facilities. Before receiving a permit under the provisions of this subsection, the applicant shall file with the village a location plan, the manufacturer's specifications for the tower and its support, the manufacturer's details of footings, guys, and braces. The erection of windmill type towers are not permitted.
  • An "antenna tower" shall be defined as a triangular structure (steel or aluminum) reinforced with horizontal and/or diagonal support bracing, steel pole towers, and wood constructed towers.
  • Maximum permissible tower height shall not exceed eighty feet (80') from the established grade, except towers constructed of wood may not exceed twenty feet (20') in height. "Tower height" shall be defined as the distance measured from the established grade to the top of the tower, excluding antenna or antenna support mast. All metallic towers which exceed a height of thirty feet (30') shall be embedded in a concrete foundation. Foundations of such towers shall meet the requirements of the building code.
  • All towers and antenna shall be constructed to withstand minimum wind velocity of one hundred (100) miles per hour (impact pressure 40 pounds per square foot). An engineering report prepared by a certified structural engineer must accompany the application for a building permit.
  • All towers and/or roof mounted structures supporting antenna as noted in this chapter shall be grounded. It is recommended by the village of Schaumburg that a secondary surge arrester be installed with all external antenna and/or towers. Said arrester is normally installed in or as near as practical to electric power panel.