Resources

Federal Permitting: Department of Defense (DOD)

Mon, April 01, 2019

DOD is the United States’ oldest and largest government agency, providing the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the country.  DOD is the fifth largest federal land management agency, with land consisting of military bases, training ranges, and other assets.  While security constraints limit access to some assets, DOD manages a global real property portfolio consisting of over 568,000 facilities on nearly 27 million acres at over 4,790 sites worldwide.

DOD completed its major American Broadband Initiative commitment by directing streamlined commercial broadband permitting across all DOD Components, including the Military Departments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. DOD permitting processes for commercial broadband services applications are now entirely in accordance with the MOBILE NOW Act, chiefly so that no DOD Component may take more than 270 days to fully process all such applications.


Department of the Air Force (USAF) – The Air Force owns or manages 1,761 sites, nearly 98,000 facilities (buildings and structures), and over 8.5 million acres of land in the United States to support its military mission.  This includes the Active, Reserve, and Air National Guard sites.  USAF may make these assets available for communications facilities installations.

USAF determined to standardize and streamline processes by using the OMB-approved SF-299 to process commercial broadband service applications. USAF issued guidance on its revised procedures (see Additional Resources). 

Website:

https://www.af.mil

Permit Contact Information:

USAF does not have a central access point or general website for the public to submit questions or broadband siting requests.  Any request for installations or access to USAF property must be submitted to the local installation Real Property Office.

USAF approved forms and publications: https://www.e-publishing.af.mil/


Department of the Army (Army) – The Army owns or manages over 1,500 sites, more than 230,000 facilities, and about 14.6 million acres of land in the United States to support its military mission.  Additionally, there are state-owned National Guard sites that are managed by the Adjutant General within each state. 

The Army determined to standardize and streamline processes by using the OMB-approved SF-299 to process commercial broadband service applications. The Army issued guidance on its revised procedures (see Additional Resources). 

Website:

https://www.army.mil

Permit Contact Information:

(None)


United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – USACE provides engineering services to the Nation, including planning, designing, building, and operating water resources and other civil works projects, such as navigation, flood control, environmental protection, and disaster response.  USACE also regulates wetlands use.  USACE may make its civil works assets available for communications facilities installations.

Website:             

https://www.usace.army.mil/missions/civil-works/Regulatory-Program-and-permits/Obtain-a-Permit/

Permit Contact Information:

https://www.usace.army.mil/missions/civil-works/Regulatory_Program-and-permits/Regulatory-Contact/

(202) 761-5903

(800) 581-8479


Department of the Navy (DON) – DON owns or manages nearly 800 sites, over 111,000 facilities, and over 4.5 million acres of land (2.2 million by Navy and 2.3 million by the Marine Corps) in the United States to support its military mission.  In 2016, DON undertook a comprehensive review of the requirements governing access to assets that could be used for siting communications facilities installations and implemented streamlined processes and timelines that expedited permitting decisions from six years to one year.

DON is currently revising the 2016 policy to better accomodate 5G and associated distributed antenna systems. This policy revision will include an application form similar to the SF-299, as permitted by the MOBILE NOW Act, which will capture information necessary and unique to DON requirements for issuing real estate agreements.

Website:

https://www.navy.mil

https://www.doncio.navy.mil/main.aspx

https://www.marines.mil

Permit Contact Information:

DUSN(M) Issues Memo Streamlining Commercial Broadband Deployment Process on DON Property 
Streamlined Process for Commercial Broadband Deployment (download memo PDF)