Wireless Installations in the Right-of-Way

The City of Eugene has established the following requirements for the deployment of wireless cellular installations in the public rights-of-way. 

These requirements have been developed for:

  • Public and operator safety
  • Efficient working conditions
  • Theft management
  • Effective management of the public rights of way

Five Major Policy Criteria 

The City of Eugene has a sound history of appropriately permitting wireless facilities on public rights of way sites. There are five major policy criteria upon which work permits and pole-co-location attachments are approved:

  1. Under-grounding
  2. Stealth Technology
  3. Total Volume of Equipment
  4. Ornamental & Architectural Poles
  5. Traffic Signal Poles

The City of Eugene requires Small Cell installations to place as much of the infrastructure below the roadway surface as feasible, including (but not limited to) all entrance wires (electrical, communications, etc.), ancillary equipment, or any other equipment that does not require being adjacent to the antenna, as per Small Cell Permit Application.


  • Mitigate pole access safety problems due to excessive overhead wires
  • Overhead wires present a safety consideration for aerial truck work
  • Overhead wires are a major impedance to a safe, quick, and orderly storm and on-ground fire recovery process
  • Mitigate wire theft and tampering


Note: “Small Wireless Facilities” and “Small Cell” refers to any cellular/radio installation for licensed or unlicensed spectrum and can include facilities described as: 

  • Small area cell
  • Distributed-Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • Femtocells
  • Picocells
  • Microcells, beam-forming technologies, millimeter wave, microwave, etc.