How to determine if your site favors cell tower development.
Cell tower income is the best way that you can go green. With all the extra cell tower rental income that you'll have coming in you can spend all the extra time you have saving the planet. But before that happens, you need to successfully negotiate a cell phone tower lease agreement.
But seriously, so many of our visitors contact us about putting a cell tower on property that they own or ask us how to get a cell site on their building on land.
I want a cell tower on my property as much as anyone else but obviously not every site is going to work from a number of different perspectives. Therefore we've put together a brief cell tower site selection guide below. Gathering the following information and meeting these criteria will improve your chances of generating cell tower income on your site.
Cell Tower Income 101:
1. Assess if your site is a good site from a coverage perspective. Is the nearest cell tower a minimum of 1-mile away (not including rooftop sites)?
2. Is my building property blocked by other buildings or trees, or would the antennas have a clear line of site? Most trees are about 50-70' high and the antennas need to see over them.
3. Is your property in a flood zone, wetlands, preserved farmland, state land, historical preservation, contaminated site, endangered animal habitat, FAA flight path or other classification? Then it's probably going to be rejected.
4. Commercial, Industrial and Retail and Agricultural zoned parcels are favorable to residential zoned properties unless no other choices exist.
5. Look around. Is your property on a higher or lower elevation than the surrounding areas. Most RF Engineers prefer the higher sites for selection.
6. Does your property have at least 2,000 square feet of available ground space for a tower and equipment cabinets.7. Does your rooftop and basement have a combined available 2,000 square feet of available space for storing equipment?
8. Find out the building height (AGL = Above Ground Level) of your roof. Figure our the height of your rooftop. Rooftops that are 30 to 75 high or about 3 floor to 7 floors that have flat rooftops ar usually the best.
9. Perhaps you own a factory with a smokestack or a farm with a tall grain silo that is high enough, or you are a municipality with a water tower? These also make good sites.
10. Find out the coordinates for your site. This is an important step. By putting this information in front of the right people at the cellular carriers it will help them plot exactly where you are located. A place for getting this information is
which is free to install on your computer. Plot your property address and Google Earth will take you there and put a "cross-hair" on your location. Then in the top left corner of your Google earth window you will see a yellow "Thumbtack". Click that and the a window will open on the left side of your screen giving you your exact coordinates:
41˚ 3’ 38.54”N 73˚ 56’ 55.51”W
8. Next, you'll want to determine the elevation of your location. Find out the approximate ground elevation (AMSL = Above Mean Sea Level) by going to a website called "TerraServer".
is a great resource where you can plot your address and see what the topographical map shows as your elevation. The brown lines will show a number, which is how many feet you are above sea level.
The coordinates, height and elevation will give most radio frequency engineer the information that they need to see what a tower at 150', 125' or 100' would cover for them.
There you go. Congratulations!! You now know more than 99% of Americans who do not have a cell tower on their property, and virtually every wireless lease consultant in San Deigo, California.
OK, What next to generate cell tower income?
Even with all of the information that you have, most of you probably still don't know where to start or are simply too busy to invest a lot of time into promoting your site.
If you feel that your property would be a favorable site for wireless development you should search your local Google directory for a "Cell Tower Site Acquisition" company in your state or metropolitan area. These people know the Real Estate Managers at the carriers closest to where you live.
We assist American property owners and landlords maximize their cell site lease values and get the best possible terms on lease agreements, extensions, 4G and LTE upgrades, amendments and lease buyouts with AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, US Cellular, Cricket, American Tower, Crown Castle and SBA Communications.