City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
The purpose of this Chapter and the regulations on satellite dish antennas and other antennas and antenna structures is to improve and protect the aesthetic appearance of such structures and of the City and to minimize visual pollution from such structures and thus to protect property values in the City, and to protect the safety of the public.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
A. 
The regulations of this Chapter which differentiate between satellite dish antennas and other antennas have the objectives:
1. 
Of minimizing the greater visual pollution and damage to the aesthetic environment and property values caused by satellite dish antennas as compared to conventional television and radio antennas; and
2. 
Of protecting the safety of the public.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
The regulations of this Chapter that differentiate between satellite dish antennas and other types of antenna facilities shall not be applied to operate to impose unreasonable limitations on, or prevent, reception of satellite delivered signals by receiving only antennas or to impose costs on the users of such antennas that are excessive in light of the purchase and installation cost of the equipment.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
As used in this Chapter the following terms mean:
ANTENNA
Any system of wires, poles, rods, reflecting discs, or similar devices used for the transmission or receipt of radio or electromagnetic waves external to or attached to the exterior of any building, and including the supporting structure, including, but is not limited to, amateur radio antennas, television antennas and satellite receiving dishes.
CONVENTIONAL TELEVISION ANTENNA
An apparatus capable of receiving television broadcast signals transmitted from facilities located on Earth, but not capable of receiving communications from a transmitter or a transmitter relay located in planetary orbit.
RADIO ANTENNA
An apparatus intended solely for transmitting or receiving radio waves, excluding those used exclusively for dispatch communications.
SATELLITE DISH OR SATELLITE DISH ANTENNA
An apparatus capable of receiving communications from a transmitter or a transmitter relay located in planetary orbit.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
A. 
In all residential zoning districts, one (1) satellite dish shall be permitted on any lot or parcel of land.
B. 
In all commercial zoning districts one (1) satellite dish shall be permitted for each licensed business activity per parcel of land.
C. 
In all manufacturing zoning districts, three (3) satellite dishes shall be permitted on any lot or parcel of land.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
A. 
In any district zoned residential, antennas may be located only in the following locations:
1. 
Conventional television antennas may be located only on the roof of the dwelling structure or in the rear yard a minimum of five (5) feet distant from any rear or side property line and shall not be forward of any front wall facing right-of-way.
2. 
Satellite dish antennas may be located only in the rear yard a minimum of five (5) feet distant from any rear or side property line and shall not be forward of any front wall facing right-of-way. In the event the owner furnishes the City Engineer authentic documents reliably establishing that adequate reception cannot be obtained in the rear yard, the satellite dish may be placed in the side yard, but shall not be forward of any front wall facing right-of-way. In the event the owner furnishes the City Engineer authentic documents reliably establishing that adequate reception cannot be obtained in the side yard or in the rear yard, the satellite dish may be mounted on the roof of the dwelling structure.
3. 
A radio antenna may be located only in the rear yard a minimum of five (5) feet distant from any rear or side property line or front yard line or in a side yard immediately adjacent to the dwelling structure and at least five (5) feet distant from the front yard line, but shall not be forward of any front wall facing right-of-way.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
In any district zoned commercial, antennas may be located in any rear or side yard, but shall not be forward of any front wall facing right-of-way or on the roof of any structure.
All parts of an antenna shall be a minimum of five (5) feet distant from any rear or side property line and from any front yard line.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
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No ground mounted satellite dish antenna or conventional television antenna may exceed twenty (20) feet in height above ground level.
B. 
No radio antenna may extend more than forty-five (45) feet above ground level.
C. 
For any satellite dish or conventional television antenna or radio antenna located on the ground for which a building permit is required, screening shall be provided from any right-of-way and adjoining property to reduce the visual impact on adjoining properties without impeding effective "line of sight" satellite dish reception.
D. 
Screening shall be accomplished through the use of fencing, landscaping, in the form of evergreen and deciduous trees, and shrubbery, structures or topography. The location and type of screening shall be as approved by the Design and Review Board on the site or plot plan. For ground-mounted satellite dishes in residential districts, trees and shrubs shall be at least one-half the height of the dish at the time of planting. (The center of the dish shall be determined at the point where the dish is attached to its base.) Landscaping material shall be maintained and replaced if it dies.
E. 
Roof mounted satellite dish antennas shall be located and designed to minimize the visual impact of the antenna from surrounding properties and public streets.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
The center point of any antenna mounted on the roof of a building shall not be nearer to any lot line than a distance equal to the distance between the bottom of the base of the antenna and the top of the antenna. If a roof mounted antenna is removed, the roof covering shall be repaired to maintain weather and water tightness.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
A building permit is required for installation or construction of all antenna structures which exceed fourteen (14) square feet in cross sectional area.
[Ord. No. 92-14 §1, 4-1-1992]
An antenna and its attachment to a building or the ground shall meet any applicable requirements of the Building Code.