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Wireless Communications Leasing - Fee Information

Direct administrative expenses

There is a $3,500.00 to $7,500.00 direct administrative expense when requesting a lease, depending on the complexity of the review.

Utility Poles/Light Standards

Lease Rate: $2,500 annually per site
Additional charges: Fiber - $7 - $12/foot depending on site class and traffic count

Communication site classes

Site class is factored into the annual rental rate for each wireless/communication lease (Site Class 1 is at the highest rate and Site Class 5 at the lowest rate). Several things contribute to the site classification, including but not limited to: proximity to users or population centers, proximity to other communication sites, site elevation which increase geographic coverages, road accessibility, and power availability.

Site Class 1: A site serving a high population density and/or a broad geographic area. High traffic corridors for cellular applications, road access, commercial and standby power are available.

Site Class 2: A site with the same physical qualifications as a Site Class 1, but which does not serve an area of high population density, or which has some limitations reaching a broad geographic area.

Site Class 3: A site with road access, but which does not serve the population density or the geographic area of Site Class 2. May or may not have commercial and standby power available.

Site Class 4: A site with limited road access. Commercial power usually is not available and there is a very low population served.

Site Class 5: A site located in and used only by County Emergency Management Services (EMS), where the county has a population of less than 5,000. If the EMS lessee subleases, other lessees at the site will be assessed under higher site classifications.

Other potential additional fees

Leasehold Excise Tax (LET): As set forth in RCW 82.29A. Federal, state, county or city governments, and public utility companies are exempt from paying LET. Proof from the Washington State Department of Revenue that a site is exempt from LET is required or LET will be charged in addition to the annual rental rate.

Utility fees: Unless a separate meter is installed; utilities fees will be charged in addition to the annual rental rate.

Road Use/Access fees: Where WSDOT is charged additional fees for site users, said fees will be included in the annual rental rate.

Assessments fees: In accordance with RCW 79.44.010, which result from use of a site, said fees will be charged in addition to the annual rental rate. The invoice will be forwarded to the user for payment.

Special Use fees: Special Use fees charged to WSDOT resulting from use of a site will be charged in addition to the annual rental rate. The invoice will be forwarded to the user for payment.