I bought a aluminum 40 ft Universal Manufacturing tower from a Ham who is looking to move. I went to the City bulding department to obtain a permit. I had the original manuals from Univiersal, which shows the proper installation requirements.
I was informed that the City had a 35ft height requirement and I need a deviation from the Planning Dept. I was also told that I need a complete set of engineering drawings for the tower and base foundation. I ordered the engineering drawings fron Universal Mfg. for $400.00 and am waiting to see if the deviation gtes approved.
Looks like Ridgecrest, CA does not like Amateur Radio
One thing. ALWAYS do your own research on your zoning. Many times people in the Building And Planning department are not aware of ordinances concerning Amateur Radio towers, or telecommunication towers in general. It looks like Ridgecrest, CA does have a 35 foot building height restriction, however, they also state this in their code:
"20-3.9. - Height Limits
No structure or part thereof shall be erected, reconstructed or structurally altered in excess of height limits hereafter designated for the zone in which such structure is located except as follows:
a. Farm buildings or structures provided that these are not less than 50 feet from every lot line, church spires, belfries, cupolas and domes, monuments, water towers, fire and hose towers, observation towers, distribution and transmission towers, line and poles, chimneys, smoke stacks, flag poles, radio towers, masts and aerials, provided that they are safely erected and maintained.
So from what I read from that is that the 35 foot building height restriction can be exceeded if the tower is properly installed and maintained. However, it also mentions a 50 foot setback from all property lines. If you have a good chunk of land, that's not a problem. But it could be if you are on a small city lot.
Also, all towers are suppose to meet the requirements of TIA-222-G, which is the "STRUCTURAL STANDARD FOR ANTENNA SUPPORTING STRUCTURES AND ANTENNAS". Even the International Building Code refers to this as the standard for towers. At first my B & P department was asking for proof that my US Tower TX-472 met the requirements of the IBC until I showed them from the plans that it met TIA-222-G standards, and that satisfied the requirements of the IBC.