Program Overview

The goal of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Program is to streamline the existing process of construction, modifications, and rentals for telecommunication firms, engineering firms, and construction firms throughout the Chicago Park District owned areas.

*Engineering review invoices that remain unpaid after a period of 90 days will be terminated and the application will be removed from consideration. If it is then the applicants desire to resurrect the project a new application and fee will be required. Application fees are non-refundable.

*License Agreements: Agreements that remain unsigned by the applicant after a period of 90 days will be terminated. If the applicant decides to renew the project, a new application will have to be submitted.


SPAAN Tech, a Chicago based engineering firm with an extensive background in Program Management and Infrastructure Design & Construction, has been retained by the Chicago Park District to implement and manage the Chicago Park District’s Telecommunications Infrastructure Program.

We are using new and existing technologies to streamline existing workflows to make the process more efficient and easy to use for the Telecommunications Service providers, and Engineering & Construction Firms. As a Chicago based firm, we at SPAAN Tech, understand and value the importance of our vibrant community and are striving to provide excellent service.


Having a connected city brings our citizens countless benefits, such as the ability to easily engage with our families, friends, and neighbors without the concern of losing connection; listening to music with easy connectivity; and communicating with people across the world. This is all possible in connected parks.


Our experienced team of project managers, engineers and IT professionals brings a combined total of over 100 years of experience to actively build a new tomorrow each and everyday.

Let’s Connect Chicago, Together


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a declaratory ruling known as the “Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” in September 2018. The FCC ruling restricts the authority of state and local governments to regulate small wireless facilities in the public right-of-way and public utility easements. The FCC Order defines small wireless facility, provides for the expedited processing of small wireless facility permit applications, limits the fees that can be assessed by municipalities on the review of these applications, and places new limitations on discretionary aesthetic criteria cities can apply to these facilities. The new application review “shot clock” for small wireless facilities is 60 days for placement on an existing structure and 90 days for installation of a new structure.

Pursuant to the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, the local governments retain the ability to regulate installations for aesthetic purposes so long as its regulations do not effectively prohibit the provision of telecommunications service. However, local governments cannot regulate wireless installations based on concerns regarding radio frequency (“RF”) emissions. Regulation of RF emissions is preemptively regulated by the FCC. Local governments can require applicants to meet the FCC standards but cannot require lower radio frequency emission.

Questions regarding potential RF emissions from FCC-regulated transmitters can be directed to the Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554; phone: 1-888-225-5322 (1-888-CALL-FCC); e-mail:

If you have concerns in the future that the facility is not in compliance with the FCC Guidelines, you should report your concerns to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, 445 12th Street, SW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20554; phone: (202) 418-7450.