Permit required.
Applications for permits.
Inspector duties, rights and powers.
Interference with and notices to inspector.
Bond required.
Technical requirements.
Maker identification.
Applicability to automobiles.
Codes supplemental to this chapter.
Penalty for violation.

The rules set forth in this chapter are adopted for the better protection of life and property, and in the interest of public safety.

(Ord. 497 § 1, 1954)


The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:

A. “Antenna” means the outdoor portion of the receiving equipment used for receiving or radiating television or radio waves.

B. “Height” means the overall vertical length of the antenna system above the ground, or, if the system is located on a building, then above that part of the level of the building upon which the system rests.

C. “Inspector” means the designated electrical or antenna inspector of the city, or his duly authorized assistant.

D. “Mast” means that portion of the outside antenna system to which the antenna is attached, and the support or extension required to elevate the antenna to a height deemed necessary for adequate operation.

E. “Person” means and includes any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

(Ord. 497 § 2, 1954)

8.48.030Permit required.

It is unlawful for any person to install or make major repairs or maintenance work, either as owner or as agent, servant or employee of the owner, or as an independent contractor for the owner, or otherwise, for or upon any outside television or radio receiving antenna, or to make any additions or substitutions for said antenna, unless and until an inspection permit has first been obtained from the city clerk, except that antennas under fifteen feet in height shall be excluded from the provisions of this section.

(Ord. 497 § 3, 1954)

8.48.040Applications for permits.

Applications for permits shall be made upon blanks provided by the inspector or the city clerk and shall contain such information as is deemed necessary by the inspector to facilitate the purpose of this chapter.

(Ord. 497 § 5, 1954)


An inspection fee of one dollar shall be paid for each permit issued under Section 8.48.030. A reinspection fee of one dollar shall be paid for each trip when extra inspections are necessary due to any one of the following reasons:

A. Wrong address;

B. Condemned working resulting from faulty construction;

C. Repairs or corrections not made when inspection is called;

D. Work not ready for inspection when called.

(Ord. 497 § 4, 1954)

8.48.060Inspector duties, rights and powers.

A. It is the duty of the inspector and his authorized assistants to inspect all television and radio receiving antennas as specified in this chapter to ascertain if the work has been done in a workmanlike manner.

B. The inspector and his assistants are empowered to inspect or reinspect any wiring, equipment or apparatus within the provisions of this chapter, and if conductors, equipment or apparatus are found to be unsafe to life or property, or are not in conformity with the provisions of this chapter, the inspector shall notify the person owning or operating the hazardous wiring or equipment to correct the condition within a forty-eight-hour period or within the time the inspector specifies. Failure to correct violations within the specified time shall constitute a violation of this chapter.

(Ord. 497 § 6, 1954)

8.48.070Interference with and notices to inspector.

It is unlawful to interfere with the work of the inspector. The person to whom a permit has been granted for the installation of a television or radio receiving antenna shall immediately notify the inspector when the work covered by the permit has been completed and is ready for final inspection. Upon such notice, the inspector or his assistant shall, within one working day of notification, inspect and approve the installation if the work complies in all respects with the provisions of this chapter and the permit, and shall disapprove the installation if it fails to comply, stating in writing the reasons for disapproval and specifying a time within which the defects must be corrected. A reinspection shall be made after notice to the inspector that the defects have been corrected.

(Ord. 497 § 7, 1954)

8.48.080Bond required.

Every person engaged in the business of making television or radio receiving antenna installations, or in repairing and/or doing maintenance work on television or radio antennas, shall annually file with the city clerk a good and sufficient bond in the sum of ten thousand dollars, executed by a bonding or surety company authorized to do business in the state and approved by the city attorney. The bond shall be conditioned upon the faithful observance of all laws and ordinances of the city, and shall indemnify, save and keep harmless the city from any and all damages, judgments, costs or expenses which the city may incur or suffer by reason of the granting of a permit to install, repair or maintain the antenna or perform any services thereon. The bond shall run to the city for the use and benefit of any person who may suffer injuries or property damages by reason of the permit granted under this chapter. The maintenance of the bond in full force and effect is a prerequisite to the issuance of any permit required under the provisions of this chapter. A liability insurance policy issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in the state which conforms to the above requirements may be permitted in lieu of a bond. This provision shall not apply to personal installations, repairs or maintenance of the antenna by an owner or occupant; provided, however, that the owner or occupant gives sufficient proof to the inspector that he is qualified to perform the work in conformity with the provisions of this chapter; and provided further, that the owner or occupant files with his application for a permit an affidavit stating that he will make the installation, repair or maintenance on his own premises only.

(Ord. 497 § 8, 1954)

8.48.090Technical requirements.

All television and radio receiving antenna installations from and after the effective date of this chapter are made in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

A. Every mast and antenna installed on a roof is mounted on its own platform or plate, which shall be of such design as to adequately transfer the stresses to the roof system.

B. Outdoor antennas shall be of an approved type. A separate set of guy wires shall be required for each ten feet in height, with a maximum of one hundred twenty degrees horizontally between guy wires. The vertical angle between guy wires and mast shall be not less than thirty degrees. Guy wires shall be not less than three thirty-secondths of an inch, five-strand cable or equivalent, galvanized; shall be securely anchored, and the top set of guy wires shall be anchored separately.

The above guying requirements may be modified, provided adequate proof is filed with the inspector to ascertain that the antenna is self-supporting when subjected to a wind pressure of twenty-five pounds per square foot.

C. In no case shall an antenna be installed nearer to a street, sidewalk or power line than the height of the antenna plus eight feet, and no wires, cables or guy wires shall cross or extend over any part of any street or public sidewalk, unless approved by the inspector.

D. Whenever it is necessary to install antenna near power lines, or where damage would be caused by its failing, a separate safety wire must be attached to the top of the mast, and secured in a direction away from the hazard.

E. Masts shall not be secured to brick chimneys.

F. Turnbuckles, when used, shall be protected against turning by threading the guy wires through the turnbuckle.

G. Every antenna must be adequately grounded for protection against a direct stroke of lighting with a No. 8 aluminum or No. 8 copper ground wires, grounded to water piping continuing a minimum of ten feet outside the building or to a driven ground rod, six feet in length.

H. Transmission lines must be kept at least six inches clear of telephone or light wires.

I. Rawl plugs are approved only for supporting transmission lines.

J. Lightning arrestors shall be approved as safe by the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc., and both sides of the line must be adequately protected with proper arrestors or neon lamps to remove static charges accumulated on the line.

K. When lead-in conductors of polyethylene ribbon-type are used, lightning arrestors must be installed in each conductor.

L. When coaxial cable or shielded twin-lead is used for leading, suitable protection may be provided without lightning arrestors by grounding the exterior metal sheath.

M. Ground straps for grounding masts and attaching arrestors to water pipe shall be approved ground fittings.

N. The miscellaneous hardware, such as brackets, turnbuckles, thimbles, clips, and similar type equipment subject to rust or corrosion, shall be protected with a zinc or cadmium coating by either galvanizing or sherardizing process after forming.

(Ord. 497 § 9, 1954)

8.48.100Maker identification.

The maker’s name, trademark, or other identification symbol shall be placed on all electrical devices or equipment that use one hundred fifteen volts or more which are sold, offered for sale or use or used in the city. These markings and others such as voltage, amperage, wattage, and power-factor or appropriate ratings described in the 1951 edition of the National Electrical Code, shall be required, and are necessary to determine the character of the material, device or equipment and the use for which it is intended.

(Ord. 497 § 10, 1954)

8.48.110Applicability to automobiles.

It is unlawful for any person to install a television set forward of or which is visible from the driver’s position of any motor operated vehicle; otherwise, the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to automobiles.

(Ord. 497 § 12, 1954)

8.48.120Codes supplemental to this chapter.

The provisions of this chapter shall be construed as supplemental to the building code of the city and any other pertinent law or ordinances of the city, and all work shall conform to these requirements.

(Ord. 497 § 11, 1954)

8.48.130Penalty for violation.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, may be fined not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars, or be imprisoned in the city jail not to exceed ninety days, or such person may be punished by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such under this section.