Fred Hopengarten K1VR
Six Willarch Road, Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
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On Mon, 21 Apr 1997 18:02:21 -0400 (EDT) Terry Dunlap
>I will begin house hunting in a couple of weeks. Can someone give me
>a checklist of documents that need to be inspected and the easiest way
>to get access to these documents.
>73 de Terry KK6T
Dayton HamVentiontm Legal Forum
April 30, 1995
May 26, 1996
Documents You May Need
Fred Hopengarten, J.D., K1VR
Experience has shown that it is useful collect the
following documents before applying for a permit for your
"antenna support structure and appurtenant antennas."
Please don't call it a tower, as Federal (and some state)
law protects antenna structures (the words found in the
law). There is no need to muddy the waters by using a
different description of the project.
* An original, recent, copy of your town's zoning by-law,
and any amendments not included in the printed,
compiled text. DO NOT -- repeat, do not rely on
statements of the Zoning Enforcement Officer, or
his/her secretary, as to what it says. This is where
you will find height and setback rules.
* An original, recent, copy of your town's wetlands
protection bylaw, and any regulations issued by the
Conservation Commission. This is where you will find
information on jurisdiction and application procedures.
* Two copies of any form used by the town to apply for a
building permit or Conservation Commission proceeding.
(Two copies allow for the possibility of an error
requiring you to start again.)
* If a 110 VAC line will be run out to the base of the
tower, whether for a winch (for a crank-up tower) or
just a place to plug in a soldering iron or light, two
copies of any form used by the town to apply for an
electrical permit. (Two copies allow for the
possibility of an error requiring you to start again.)
Source: The town building inspector's department.
* The requirement of your state or local building code
with respect to windload. In other words, will the
building inspector require your proposed structure to
withstand 50 mph winds with 1 inch of radial ice? Or
30 pounds per square foot of windload (which translates
as 83 mph)? You need to know the requirement so that
your application will match the requirement. Source:
State or local building code, found at either the
building department, or town library.
* A plan showing the lots and streets in your
neighborhood. This will orient the Board. It is best
if this plan also shows where homes are located on the
lots. It may also be helpful to add distances to those
homes. Source: Your town's planning and zoning
* A plot plan, showing the outline of your house and the
site of the proposed antenna support structure. Add
distances from the antenna support structure to the lot
lines. Normally, this would be the distance to each
side lot line, and the distance to the rear lot line
(three measurements). Be sure that the two distances,
from side lot line to structure and from structure to
side lot line, add to equal the actual distance from
side lot line to side lot line! Consider including the
"tree line" to show that views are blocked. Source:
Mortgage papers normally include a plot plan, which
should be adequate, unless you've added on to your
* A copy of your FCC amateur radio license.
* A specification sheet from the manufacturer of your
antenna support structure for your brand and model. If
possible, it should specify: model number, height,
load it will bear (weight expressed in lbs. and maximum
windload in sq. ft. at a certain windspeed, or p.s.f.
of air pressure).
* Construction plans for the base and erection of your
antenna support structure (including guying, if
appropriate). The more it looks like a draftsman's or
architect's rendering, the better. Try to get a
version with a "dry" seal of the manufacturer's
professional engineer printed on it.
* A specification sheet for any proposed antenna(s),
showing weight (expressed in lbs.) and windload
(expressed in sq. ft.).
* A specification sheet for the rotator, showing weight
(expressed in lbs. or kg.).
* If you are moving the antenna system from a prior site,
a photograph or slide, suitable for color photocopying
and including in the application. Suitable means a
photo which demonstrates that an amateur radio antenna
system doesn't create aesthetic blight. One frequently
used view is taken from the street in front of the
house, at high noon (less reflection off the aluminum).
* A letter of permission from the landlord (if the
applicant is not the homeowner).
* A copy of your homeowner's general liability policy, or
at least a "cover sheet" from your insurance agent,
stating your coverage (which may include an "umbrella"
* Letters of support, or at least letters which express
"no opposition to the grant of a permit," which you
have drafted and neighbors have signed.
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