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State Laws Affecting Tower Placement

Reference Number: MTAS-1453
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: December 01, 2016
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T.C.A. § 13-24-304 specifically authorizes municipalities that have adopted planning and zoning regulations to regulate the siting of telecommunications towers. However, T.C.A.§ 13-24-305 places limits on a city’s power to regulate minor alterations to pre-existing antennas.

T.C.A.§ 65-21-116 requires owners of telecommunications towers to submit information concerning tower location and ownership, a copy of the deed or lease for the property, and related information to the Tennessee comptroller of the treasury. The comptroller’s Web site provides forms that can be downloaded for this reporting.

Otherwise, there are no state laws concerning placement of telecommunications towers. 

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