There is a $100.00 non-refundable fee. Please make checks payable to BERKELEY COUNTY.
The following information MUST BEsubmitted with this application:
1. SITE PLAN This should be on a copy of the recorded plat (8”x11”) if available.
Sketch showing ALL existing and proposed buildings, roads, driveways,
parking spaces, fencing, etc., in relation to the request.
1 .General. The following provisions shall govern the issuance of special exception permits for
towers or antennas either as primary or accessory uses by the board of zoning appeals.
a. If the tower or antenna is not an exempt use listed under subsection C or a conditionally
approved use listed under subsection F of this section, then a special exception permit shall be
required for the construction of a tower or the placement of an antenna.
b. In granting a special exception permit, the board of zoning appeals may impose conditions
to the extent that the board of zoning appeals concludes such conditions are necessary to
minimize any adverse effect of the proposed tower on adjoining properties.
c. Any information of an engineering nature that the applicant submits, whether civil,
mechanical, or electrical, shall be certified by a licensed professional engineer.
2. Towers. Factors considered in granting special exception permits for towers. In addition to the
general conditions required for consideration, the board of zoning appeals shall consider the
a. Proposed tower does not exceed the maximum height established by the applicable zoning
b. Proximity of the tower to residential structures and residential district boundaries. Towers
shall be a minimum of 500 feet from existing residential, public, school, or church areas.
c. Nature of uses on adjacent and nearby properties.
d. Design of the tower.
e. Availability of suitable existing towers, other structures, or alternative technologies not
requiring the use of towers or structures. Availability of suitable existing towers, other
structures or alternative technology. No new tower shall be permitted unless the applicant
demonstrates to the reasonable satisfaction of the board of zoning appeals that no existing
tower, structure or alternative technology that does not require the use of towers or structures
can accommodate the applicant's proposed antenna. An applicant shall submit information
requested by the board of zoning appeals related to the availability of suitable existing towers,
other structures or alternative technology. Evidence submitted to demonstrate that no existing
tower, structure or alternative technology can accommodate the applicant's proposed antenna
may consist of any of the following (although nothing should be construed to infer that meeting
one, some or all of the following shall entitle the applicant to approval):
(1) No existing towers or structures are located within the geographic area which meet
applicant's engineering requirements..
(2) Existing towers or structures are not of sufficient height to meet applicant's
(3) Existing towers or structures do not have sufficient structural strength to support
applicant's proposed antenna and related equipment..
(4) The applicant's proposed antenna would cause electromagnetic interference with
the antenna on the existing towers or structures, or the antenna on the existing towers
or structures would cause interference with the applicant's proposed antenna..
(5) The fees, costs or contractual provisions required by the owner in order to share an
existing tower or structure or to adapt an existing tower or structure for sharing are
unreasonable. Costs exceeding new tower development by 25 percent are presumed to
(6) The applicant demonstrates that there are other limiting factors that render existing
towers and structures unsuitable..
(7) The applicant demonstrates that an alternative technology that does not require the
use of towers or structures, such as a cable microcell network using multiple lowpowered transmitters/receivers attached to a wireline system, is unsuitable. Costs of
alternative technology that exceed new tower or antenna development shall not be
presumed to render the technology unsuitable.
f. Minimum distance between towers. Separation distances between towers shall be
applicable for and measured between the proposed tower and preexisting towers. The
separation distances shall be measured by drawing or following a straight line between the
base of the existing tower and the proposed base, pursuant to a site plan, of the proposed
(1) Minimum distance between towers may be waived if applicant documents that
existing towers in the area are incapable of supporting their equipment from a structural
(2) Minimum distance between towers may be waived if applicant documents that
transmission equipment on existing towers in the area would result in interference and
impede their ability to transmit.
(3) Minimum distance between towers may be waived if applicant documents that the
owner(s) of existing towers in the area refuses to make the tower space available at
prevailing market rates for the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester market.
g. The board of zoning appeals may waive or reduce the burden on the applicant of one or
more of these criteria if the board concludes and documents that the goals of this section are
better served thereby.
h. Tower abandonment. A communication tower that is not used for communication
purposes for more than 120 days (with no new application on file for any communication user)
is presumed to be out of service and the owner of such tower must notify the staff and remove
the tower within 60 days.
(Berkeley County Ordinance No. 04-11-68, 11-23-2004)
Comments are closed.
HENRY JACKSON CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL(843) 719-4291
ANGELA PINSONCHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
1003 Hwy 52, Moncks Corner SC 29461
Phone: (843) 719-4234
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM M-F
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