Small Cell Equipment Public Hearings

Contact info: Selectmen's Office at selectmenstaff@burlington.org

We respectfully request that all questions be funneled through this office vs. residents separately sending emails to the town's contracted counsel and engineers so that all questions may be posed to them in one location.




Public hearing for small cell equipment application closed on Wednesday, April 14, 2021   

Decision of the Board of Selectmen for Application of a New Cingular Wireless, PCS, LLC, d/b/a AT&T for a Small Cell Wireless Installation in the Public Right of Way Newr 44 Burlington Mall Road

Agenda 4.14.2021 - Public Hearing Closed 

Follows is original application and information received during public hearing process

ATT Burlington response letter 4.5.2021

Update from Radiation Safety Specialist 4.3.2021

ATT Burlington response letter 4.1.2021

Isotrope Follow-on Comments 3.31.2021

ATT Response to Questions from town and residents  3.19.2021

Revised Structural Analysis Report  3.19.2021

Update from Radiation Safety Specialist 1 3.17.2021

Update from Radiation Safety Specialist 2 3.17.2021

Proposed locations and coverage maps 3.19.2021

FCC List of Communications Equipment that pose threat 3.12.2021

March 2, 2021 Pre-meeting with applicant and staff

Staff comments

Public Hearing Notice:  February 22, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m.
Small Cell Wireless Installation in public right-of-way; replacement light pole - near 44 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA (CRAN_RCTB_00070_1011)
Application and Cover Letter
Wireless Engineer for the Town's Approval Letter


APPLICATION TO APPLY FOR SMALL CELL/5G EQUIPMENT IN PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
(Contact the Planning Department for non public right-of-way)

Small Cell Cover Letter and Policies

Cover Letter

Application for Small Cell wireless installations

Design Rules and Regulations

Burlington Bylaw describing Planning Board requirements


Contact bmcdonough@burlington.org to request:



The Town of Burlington created a Small Cell Equipment committee to study, along with Town Counsel and the Board of Selectmen, a policy for requests for small cell equipment to be placed on utility poles in Burlington.

Members of that committee included:

  • Board of Selectman
  • Inspector of Buildings
  • Planning Director
  • Police Safety
  • Board of Health
  • Fire Department
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Purchasing Analyst
  • Bylaw Review
  • Town Engineer
  • Town Clerk
  • Resident

The committee reviewed design criteria and submission application. Because of the strict timeline guidelines, the committee and counsel recommended a professional engineer to review all applications that come in.

It is acknowledged that there is concern about the possible health effects of wireless telecommunication facilities, however the Federal Communications Act of 1996, which is still in effect, only allows that local governments require applicable federal standards.

Some of the information received and reviewed:

  1. August 6, 2018 Various Items Addressed by Small Cell Equipment Committee Member (PDF)
  2. 1999 Town Counsel Opinion re Health Concerns (PDF)
  3. Planning Department Staff Comments (PDF)