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Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) - Forms

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This article provides information about forms related to the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) process.

FCC Form 854, Application for Antenna Structure Registration: Use this form to file new antenna structure registrations, file updates to registrations such as modifications to existing structures, notifications of construction, and ownership changes.

FAA Form 7460-1, Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration: Use this form to notify the FAA of a proposed construction or alteration of an antenna structure.

FAA Form 7460-2, Notice of Actual Construction or Alteration: Use this form to notify the FAA that construction or alteration is complete, the proposed project has been abandoned or the existing structure was dismantled.

 

 

Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) - Overview

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This article provides information on the FCC’s Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) program. The ASR program requires owners of antenna structures to register with the FCC any antenna structure that requires notice of proposed construction to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In general, this includes structures that are taller than 200 feet above ground level or that may interfere with the flight path of a nearby airport. The antenna structure owner must obtain painting and lighting specifications from the FAA and include those specifications in its registration prior to construction. The ASR program allows the FCC to fulfill its statutory responsibility to require painting and lighting of antenna structures that may pose a hazard to air navigation.

The FCC’s antenna structure registration, marking and lighting rules are located in Part 17 of the FCC's rules.

Antenna Structures

The FCC Rules define the term "antenna structure" to include "[T]he radiating and/or receive system, its supporting structures and any appurtenances mounted thereon." In practical terms, an antenna structure could be a free standing structure, built specifically to support antennas or act as an antenna, or it could be a structure mounted on some other man-made object (such as a building or bridge). If the structure is mounted on some other man-made object such as a building or bridge, the structure must be registered with the FCC, not the building or bridge.

Filing an Environmental Assessment in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) System

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This article provides information on filing an Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system. An EA must be submitted if the antenna structure may have a significant environmental impact as defined by Section 1.1307 of the Commission’s rules.

Filings that Require an Environmental Assessment (EA)

An Environmental Assessment (EA) is required:

Environmental Notification Process for the Registration of Antenna Structures – Types of Filings

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This article provides information on which Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) filings require environmental notification and which filings do not require environment notification.

The environmental notification process applies to the following types of filings that are submitted in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system.

Environmental Notification Process for the Registration of Antenna Structures – Review by Another Federal Agency

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This article provides information on the process to be followed when a federal agency other than the FCC reviews the environmental effects of a proposed antenna structure. The FCC provides a limited exemption from the environmental notification process for antenna structures to be located on federal land and certain other structures reviewed by other federal agencies.

Under this exemption, you do not need to complete the environmental notification process if:

  • The proposed antenna structure will be located on federal land and the landholding agency has assumed lead agency responsibilities for evaluating potentially significant environmental effects (using federal funds for the project is insufficient); or
  • Another federal agency has assumed lead agency responsibility for evaluating the proposed antenna structure’s potentially significant environmental effects pursuant to a written agreement with the Commission (at the current time, we have no such written agreements).

If you assert this exemption for a proposed tower, you must submit the environmental documentation produced by the lead agency. This documentation can consist of either an Environmental Assessment (EA) together with a Finding of No Significant Impact, or an Environmental Impact Statement together with a Record of Decision. A finding of categorical exclusion by the federal landholding agency is insufficient to meet the criteria for a waiver of environmental notice. The Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system will prompt you to provide the documentation when you submit Part 2 of your Form 854 filing.

 

 

Environmental Notification Process for the Registration of Antenna Structures - Service Specific Applications

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This article provides information on the procedures for environmental compliance when an antenna structure requires registration in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system and the same antenna structure is referenced on a service-specific application.

Any Environmental Assessment (EA) that is required for the antenna structure must be filed in the ASR system. A broadcast applicant or earth station applicant must also file a copy of the EA with its service-specific application.

Environmental Notification Process for the Registration of Antenna Structures - Local and National Notice

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This article contains information on providing local and national notice as part of the environmental notification process for the registration of antenna structures.

Local Notice

You must provide local notice of your proposed tower through publication in a local newspaper or other appropriate means, such as by following the local zoning public notice process. The local notice must contain the following information:

Environmental Notification Process for the Registration of Antenna Structures - Overview

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This article provides an overview of the environmental notification process for the registration of antenna structures.

On December 9, 2011, the Commission released an Order on Remand that includes procedural measures to ensure, consistent with the Commission’s obligations under federal environmental statutes, that environmental effects of proposed communications towers, including their effects on migratory birds, are fully considered prior to construction.

Overview of the Environmental Notification Process

The environmental notification process applies to new tower registrations and to certain modifications of registered towers that may have a significant environmental effect. The process for submitting an Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) application that is subject to environmental notification involves two parts.

Part 1: Environmental Notification Process

Part 1 requires you to submit a partially completed FCC Form 854, Antenna Structure Registration (Form 854) including:

  • Ownership information such as name, address, and phone number;
  • Contact information such as name, address, and phone number;
  • Antenna structure information such as the location, height, and type of structure;
  • Proposed marking and/or lighting;
  • Whether another federal agency is taking responsibility for the environmental review;
  • The national notice date; and
  • Whether an Environmental Assessment (EA) is included.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearance can be obtained prior to or after submitting the partially completed Form 854. Once the partially completed Form 854 is submitted, an ASR File Number is assigned.

Filing a Request for Environmental Review in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) System

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This article provides information on how to file a Request for Environmental Review of a proposed tower or tower modification that an applicant has submitted in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system. A Request for Environmental Review is considered a type of pleading. There is a separate help article about filing other types of Pleadings.

On or before the end of the 30-day posting period on the FCC website, you may submit a Request for Environmental Review if you believe that a proposed tower or tower modification may have a significant impact on the environment. You must serve a copy of your Request for Environmental Review on the applicant. Late-filed Requests for Environmental Review may be subject to dismissal.

Your Request for Environmental Review must state the specific reasons that you believe the proposed construction may have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, as required under the Commission's rules, and also provide contact information for the person making the request. A Request should be supported by factual detail with respect to the location, nature, and extent of any potential significant impact. If the applicant submitted an Environmental Assessment (EA) with the application, your Request for Environmental Review must describe why the EA does not adequately evaluate potentially significant environmental impacts. Pleadings that do not meet these standards may be subject to dismissal.

Filing a Pleading in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) System

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This article provides information on filing a Pleading for an application in the Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system. There is a separate help article about filing a Request for Environmental Review.

Steps to Filing a Pleading in ASR
  1. Go to the Pleadings Page.
  2. Select the Pleading Type from the drop down box
  3. Enter the Filer and Contact Information and click Continue
  4. Click the File Number button
  5. Enter the File Number in the box and click Submit

    Note: Repeat Step 5 for each File Number

  6. Check the box next to each File Number and click Continue
  7. Select the Type of Pleading, Browse the location to upload the pleading, enter a Description of the pleading, and click Add Attachment

    Note: Repeat Step 7 for each separate file you want to upload

  8. Click Submit Pleading
FAQs – Filing a Pleading in ASR

Are there specific FCC rules regarding filing pleadings?

Yes. Some of the rules you should be familiar with are: 1.45, 1.47, 1.106, and 1.939. The content of these rules are available at the Rules Page.

Where does my pleading go once I submit it?

Pleadings are associated in ASR with each application (File Number) that you entered on the Pleadings Page. You can enter the File Number in the ASR Application Search to find your pleading.

How long does it take for the FCC to review and process my Pleading?

Pleadings are processed on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

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