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Re: [TowerTalk] Building permit Wichita Kansas

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Building permit Wichita Kansas
From: "K0DAN" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:45:25 -0500
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I haven't built anything in Wichita but I know the generic civil process.

If you want to "study up" before you present yourself and your project to 
the codes enforcement people (and that's a good idea), you should go the 
city (if you're in incorporated Wichita) or county courthouse, and ask to 
get a copy of their planning & zoning regs, and building and construction 
codes. If you're lucky these will be in digital form and they'll give it to 
you or sell to you for a nominal fee. It is public information, and that is 
the roadmap you must follow.

Once you have the codes, spend several nights going thru the index and find 
the section(s) that relate to external structures, buried or overhead 
cables, and other stuff that fits in your plan. Get a good understanding of 
what they expect and when you go to apply for your permit, make sure that 
you have dotted your I's and crossed your T's. Show them everything they 
expect to see. At a minimum have the complete US Tower documentation and be 
prepared to show how the plans meet or exceed the specs. Having a plat of 
your property, which you have drawn to-scale locations and details will be 
very help to your cause. If there are restrictions on tower height, set-back 
from other property, be sure you have identified them and show that plainly 
on your plan.

When your homework is done, go visit the codes office and tell them what you 
wish to do, tell them you've read & understood their codes, and that you 
want to make sure all your homework is in order. Do not be confrontational 
with them, don't quote FCC rules at this time, don't drop names, don't quote 
hearsay, etc..."just the facts, M'aam." Ask them to HELP you complete your 
project, and they probably will, but keep in mind that their "bible" is are 
the building codes and statutes....if you can show that you comply, then 
they HAVE to support you...if you don't comply, they will not approve your 
plan, and if/when you should have to challenge, they will tell the planning 
& zoning commission that you don't comply. Most of the time, it is very 
black & white...but there are cases and causes where you might be able to 
request a variance, but that's starting to get complicated and may involve 
expense if you need to hire an attorney.

If you have neighbors who might be opposed to your project, keep in mind 
that these projects are done in the open, and that public hearings allow 
interested parties to support or challenge you. Here it'd be good to have 
some ARRL, emergency communications, FCC, etc., facts & figures in your back 
pocket in case you have a challenge. Don't play all your cards if you don't 
have, and don't play them too early.

This kind of thing is done every day...and if you meet the statutes, you 
should be in good shape and it'll be easy. If you don't conform, you will 
have more of a challenge. Just remember to go in friendly and inquisitive, 
and ask what you need to do for them to grant your permit. The codes and P&Z 
people are civil servants...they see these projects all the time, and their 
job is to make sure that new construction in their jurisdiction meets the 
city/county requirements.

Good luck and 73

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Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 11:08 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Building permit Wichita Kansas

> Has anyone gone through the process of getting a permit and putting up a 
> tower in Wichita?
> If so please let me know what the process was and how difficult it was.
> Looking at a US Tower 55' and trying to avoid as many pitfalls as I can.
> Any info would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Jeff, N0OST
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