Village of Fox Point, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Fox Point 4-9-1996 by Ord. No. 96-626 (Ch. 19 of the 1961 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 745.

§ 455-1 Purpose.

This chapter regulating the placement and installation of signal-receiving antennas is adopted to:
A. 
Provide uniform regulation of signal-receiving antenna devices;
B. 
Secure placement of such antennas in an aesthetically sensitive manner while allowing users reasonable reception of signals; and
C. 
Protect the public from injury from antennas that are inadequately mounted, unduly susceptible to wind pressure, improperly installed and wired, or are placed on structures insufficiently designed or constructed to safely support the antenna.

§ 455-2 Permit required.

No persons shall mount or affix any type of signal-receiving antenna until a permit shall have first been obtained from the Building Inspector.

§ 455-3 Definition.

For purposes of this chapter, "signal-receiving antenna" is defined as any mounted or affixed apparatus capable of receiving communications from a transmitter or from a transmitter relay located in a planetary orbit. This definition includes all types of signal-receiving antennas, including, without limitation, parabolic antennas, home earth stations, satellite television disks, UHF and VHF television antennas, and AM, FM, ham and short-wave radio antennas, regardless of the method of mounting or affixing.

§ 455-4 Application.

Application for a signal-receiving antenna permit shall be made in writing to the Building Inspector, together with the appropriate fee and a sufficient set of mounting plans and specifications, including a general plot plan showing the location of the proposed signal-receiving antenna with respect to streets, lot lines, and buildings. If such application meets all requirements of this chapter, the application shall be approved. Issues under this chapter shall not be referred to the Building Board unless specifically provided for.

§ 455-5 Installation standards.

Signal-receiving antennas shall comply with the following provisions:
A. 
Setbacks. Any signal-receiving antenna and its mounting shall comply with the appropriate setbacks required under Chapter 745, Zoning, of the Code of the Village of Fox Point.
B. 
Placement.
(1) 
If reasonable reception of signals is possible, the signal-receiving antenna shall first be located in the following descending order:
(a) 
In either the rear yard or on the rear of the home or on the rear of its roof.
(b) 
In either the side yard or on the side of the home or on the side of its roof.
(c) 
In either the front yard or on the front of the home or on the front of its roof, but only upon certification to the satisfaction of the Village Manager that reasonable reception is not possible at any other location.
(2) 
The Building Inspector shall determine where reasonable reception is possible, based on evidence provided by the person seeking to mount or affix the antenna.
C. 
Mounting. Signal-receiving antennas attached to the wall or roof of any principal or accessory structure shall be permitted only if the structure is properly constructed to carry all imposed loading and complies with applicable state and local building code requirements. The Building Inspector may require engineering calculations.
D. 
Width. The width of the signal-receiving antenna shall not exceed 10 feet. If reasonable reception is not possible anywhere on the lot, the Village Board may grant a variance to the width restriction in order to achieve reasonable reception in preference to permitting placement in the front yard.
E. 
Height. Any signal-receiving antenna, whether ground- or roof-mounted, including any platform or structure upon which said antenna is mounted or affixed, may not exceed 10 feet in height above the highest point on the principal building on the lot, as measured from the base of the antenna, including any platform or structure upon which said antenna is mounted or affixed, to the highest point of the antenna. If reasonable reception is not possible anywhere on the lot and a variance on the width restriction does not achieve reasonable reception, the Village Board may grant a variance to the height restriction in order to achieve reasonable reception in preference to permitting placement in the front yard.
F. 
Wind pressure. All signal-receiving antennas shall be permanently mounted in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications for installation. All such installations shall meet a minimum wind load design velocity of 80 miles per hour.
G. 
Electrical installations. Electrical installations in connection with signal-receiving antennas, including grounding of the system, shall be in accordance with the National Electrical Safety Code, Wisconsin State Electrical Code and the instructions of the manufacturer. In cases of conflict, the stricter requirements shall govern. All cable used to conduct current or signals from the signal-receiving antenna to the receivers shall be installed underground unless installation site conditions preclude underground installation. The location of all such underground lines, cables, and conduits shall be shown on the application for a permit. All signal-receiving antennas shall be grounded against direct lightning strikes.
H. 
Temporary placement. No portable or trailer-mounted signal-receiving antenna shall be allowed, except for temporary installation for on-site testing and demonstration purposes for periods not exceeding five days. However, such trial placement shall be in accordance with all provisions of this chapter. Any person making such temporary placement shall first give written notice to the Building Inspector of the date when such placement shall begin and end.
I. 
Advertising. No form or advertising or identification, sign or mural is allowed on the signal-receiving antenna other than the customary manufacturer's identification plates. The color of the signal-receiving antenna shall be such that it blends into its surroundings. If the Building Inspector desires guidance, he may refer this issue to the Building Board.
J. 
Interference with broadcasting. Signal-receiving antennas shall be filtered and/or shielding so as to prevent the emission or reflection of any electromagnetic radiation that would cause any harmful interference with the radio and/or television broadcasting or reception on adjacent properties. In the event that harmful interference is caused subsequent to its installation, the owner of the signal-receiving antenna shall promptly take steps to eliminate the harmful interference in accordance with Federal Communications Commission regulations.
K. 
Aesthetic considerations. Signal-receiving antennas shall be located and designed to reasonably reduce visual impact upon surrounding properties at street level. The Building Inspector may require appropriate screening that does not interfere with reception. If the Building Inspector desires guidance, he may refer this issue to the Building Board.

§ 455-6 Effective date.

This chapter shall apply to signal-receiving antennas mounted or affixed after April 9, 1996.