In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 9-591

  • Antenna: means communications equipment that transmits or receives electromagnetic radio frequency signals and that is used in providing wireless services. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Applicant: means any person that submits an application and that is a wireless provider. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Application: means a request that is submitted by an applicant to an authority for a permit to collocate small wireless facilities or to approve the installation, modification or replacement of a utility pole or wireless support structure. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Authority: means any city, town, special district or political subdivision of this state that is authorized to make legislative, quasi-judicial or administrative decisions concerning an application. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Authority utility pole: means a utility pole that is owned or operated by an authority and that is in a right-of-way. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Grantee: includes every person to whom an estate or interest in real property passes, in or by a deed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Grantor: includes every person from or by whom an estate or interest in real property passes, in or by a deed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Law: means any federal, state or local law, statute, common law, code, rule, regulation, order or ordinance. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Monopole: means a wireless support structure that is not more than forty inches in diameter at the ground level and that has all of the wireless facilities mounted on the pole or contained inside of the pole. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Permit: means written permission required by an authority to install, mount, maintain, modify, operate or replace a utility pole or monopole, to collocate a small wireless facility on a utility pole or wireless support structure or to collocate wireless facilities on a monopole. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, trust or other entity or organization, including an authority. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Private easement: means an easement or other real property right that is only for the benefit of the grantor and grantee and the grantor's or grantee's successors and assigns. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Right-of-way: means the area on, below or above a public roadway, highway, street, sidewalk, alley or utility easement. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Small wireless facility: means a wireless facility that meets both of the following qualifications:

    (a) All antennas are located inside an enclosure of not more than six cubic feet in volume or, in the case of an antenna that has exposed elements, the antenna and all of the antenna's exposed elements could fit within an imaginary enclosure of not more than six cubic feet in volume. See Arizona Laws 9-591

  • Special taxing district: means a special district formed pursuant to title 48, chapter 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20 or 22. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Utility pole: means a pole or similar structure that is used in whole or in part for communications services, electric distribution, lighting or traffic signals. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Wireless infrastructure provider: means any person that is authorized to provide telecommunications service in this state and that builds or installs wireless communications transmission equipment, wireless facilities, utility poles or monopoles but that is not a wireless services provider. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Wireless provider: means a cable operator, wireless infrastructure provider or wireless services provider. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Wireless services: means any services that are provided to the public and that use licensed or unlicensed spectrum, whether at a fixed location or mobile, using wireless facilities. See Arizona Laws 9-591
  • Wireless services provider: means a person that provides wireless services. See Arizona Laws 9-591

1. "Antenna" means communications equipment that transmits or receives electromagnetic radio frequency signals and that is used in providing wireless services.

2. "Applicable codes" means uniform building, fire, electrical, plumbing or mechanical codes that are adopted by a recognized national code organization or local amendments to those codes that are enacted to address threats of destruction of property or injury to persons and to an extent that is not inconsistent with this article.

3. "Applicant" means any person that submits an application and that is a wireless provider.

4. "Application" means a request that is submitted by an applicant to an authority for a permit to collocate small wireless facilities or to approve the installation, modification or replacement of a utility pole or wireless support structure.

5. "Authority" means any city, town, special district or political subdivision of this state that is authorized to make legislative, quasi-judicial or administrative decisions concerning an application. Authority does not include any state court that has jurisdiction over an authority and does not include a county, special taxing district, or electric cooperative.

6. "Authority utility pole" means a utility pole that is owned or operated by an authority and that is in a right-of-way. Authority utility pole does not include a utility pole for electric distribution.

7. "Cable operator" has the same meaning prescribed in section 9-505 and includes a video service provider.  Cable operator does not include a special taxing district.

8. "Collocate" or "collocation" means to install, mount, maintain, modify, operate or replace wireless facilities on, within or adjacent to a wireless support structure or utility pole.

9. "Communications service" means cable service as defined in 47 United States Code section 522(6), information service as defined in 47 United States Code section 153(24), telecommunications service as defined in 47 United States Code section 153(53) or wireless service.

10. "Communications service provider" means a cable operator, a provider of information service as defined in 47 United States Code section 153(24), a telecommunications carrier as defined in 47 United States Code section 153(51) or a wireless services provider.

11. "Fee" means a onetime charge.

12. "Law" means any federal, state or local law, statute, common law, code, rule, regulation, order or ordinance.

13. "Monopole" means a wireless support structure that is not more than forty inches in diameter at the ground level and that has all of the wireless facilities mounted on the pole or contained inside of the pole.

14. "Permit" means written permission required by an authority to install, mount, maintain, modify, operate or replace a utility pole or monopole, to collocate a small wireless facility on a utility pole or wireless support structure or to collocate wireless facilities on a monopole.

15. "Person" means an individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, trust or other entity or organization, including an authority.

16. "Private easement" means an easement or other real property right that is only for the benefit of the grantor and grantee and the grantor‘s or grantee’s successors and assigns.

17. "Rate" means a recurring charge.

18. "Right-of-way" means the area on, below or above a public roadway, highway, street, sidewalk, alley or utility easement.  Right-of-way does not include a federal interstate highway, a state highway or state route under the jurisdiction of the department of transportation, a private easement, property that is owned by a special taxing district, or a utility easement that does not authorize the deployment sought by the wireless provider.

19. "Small wireless facility" means a wireless facility that meets both of the following qualifications:

(a) All antennas are located inside an enclosure of not more than six cubic feet in volume or, in the case of an antenna that has exposed elements, the antenna and all of the antenna’s exposed elements could fit within an imaginary enclosure of not more than six cubic feet in volume.

(b) All other wireless equipment associated with the facility is cumulatively not more than twenty-eight cubic feet in volume, or fifty cubic feet in volume if the equipment was ground mounted before August 9, 2017. The following types of associated ancillary equipment are not included in the calculation of equipment volume pursuant to this subdivision:

(i) An electric meter.

(ii) Concealment elements.

(iii) A telecommunications demarcation box.

(iv) Grounding equipment.

(v) A power transfer switch.

(vi) A cutoff switch.

(vii) Vertical cable runs for the connection of power and other services.

20. "Special taxing district" means a special district formed pursuant to title 48, chapter 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20 or 22.

21. "Utility pole" means a pole or similar structure that is used in whole or in part for communications services, electric distribution, lighting or traffic signals.  Utility pole does not include a monopole. 

22. "Wireless facility":

(a) Means equipment at a fixed location that enables wireless communications between user equipment and a communications network, including both of the following:

(i) Equipment associated with wireless communications.

(ii) Radio transceivers, antennas, coaxial or fiber-optic cables, regular and backup power supplies and comparable equipment, regardless of technological configuration.

(b) Includes small wireless facilities.

(c) Does not include the structure or improvements on, under or within which the equipment is collocated, wireline backhaul facilities, coaxial or fiber-optic cable that is between wireless support structures or utility poles or coaxial or fiber-optic cable that is otherwise not immediately adjacent to, or directly associated with, an antenna.

(d) Does not include Wi-Fi radio equipment described in section 9-506, subsection I or microcell equipment described in section 9-584, subsection E.

23. "Wireless infrastructure provider" means any person that is authorized to provide telecommunications service in this state and that builds or installs wireless communications transmission equipment, wireless facilities, utility poles or monopoles but that is not a wireless services provider. Wireless infrastructure provider does not include a special taxing district.

24. "Wireless provider" means a cable operator, wireless infrastructure provider or wireless services provider.

25. "Wireless services" means any services that are provided to the public and that use licensed or unlicensed spectrum, whether at a fixed location or mobile, using wireless facilities.

26. "Wireless services provider" means a person that provides wireless services. Wireless services provider does not include a special taxing district.

27. "Wireless support structure":

(a) Means:

(i) A freestanding structure, such as a monopole.

(ii) A tower, either guyed or self-supporting.

(iii) A sign or billboard.

(iv) Any other existing or proposed structure designed to support or capable of supporting small wireless facilities.

(b) Does not include a utility pole.