Permitting Specialist

| Houston, TX, USA
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Position Title: Tower Permitting Specialist (P2)

Company Summary

Crown Castle is the nation's largest provider of shared communications infrastructure: towers, small cells and fiber. It all works together to meet unprecedented demand-connecting people and communities and transforming the way we do business. Whenever you make a call, track a workout or stream music and videos, we're the ones providing the communications infrastructure that makes it all possible. From 5G and the internet of things to drones, autonomous vehicles and AR/VR, we enable the technologies that help people stay safe, connected and ready for the future. Crown Castle is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (CCI), is part of the S&P 500 and is one of the largest Real Estate Investment Trusts in the US.

We offer a total benefits package and professional growth development for teammates in any stage of their career. Along with caring for our teammates, we're an active member in the communities where we live, work and do business. We have a responsibility to give back, which we do through our Connected by Good program. Giving back allows us to improve public spaces where people connect, promote public safety and advance access to education and technology.


Responsible for the preparation and submittal of various entitlement applications, permits and agreements to allow installation of communications facilities on Crown Castle poles, towers, fiber and other infrastructure. Requires knowledge of municipal processes, codes and ordinances, as well as frequent interface with local governments and jurisdictions.


  • Prepare and submit zoning and permitting applications. Monitor progress of municipal applications and facilitate jurisdictional request for additional information.
  • Work with design team to facilitate permit drawings and construction documents related to towers, utilities, and ground equipment. Evaluate jurisdictional redlines for requirements versus preferences; negotiate with jurisdiction to remove preferences. Communicate and collaborate with A&E team to incorporate jurisdictional requirements into CDs and other A&E deliverables.
  • Provide timely system updates and communicate effectively with production team and all customers, both internal and external. Manage zoning and permitting task in accordance to specified processes and metrics. Manage document uploads defined by process.
  • Serve as entitlement lead during weekly customer meetings, as needed. Ability to comprehend and serve as a subject matter expert on matters related to state & local telecommunication municipal codes. Understand and be able to articulate details of Federal Wireless Facilities Deployment legislation including Sec. 6409(a) Wireless Facilities Deployment and related Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Orders. Prepare 30-day and 60-day shot clock letters and provide them to jurisdictions as necessary.
  • Obtain and communicate zoning and permitting conditions of approval to internal teams.
  • Manage outside vendors, as needed and communicate activities with team members and other departments.
  • Manage payment of applicable permitting fees via credit card or checks and ensure all costs are properly allocated for reimbursement visibility.
  • Participate in customer program management pre-project planning meetings.
  • Identify zoning and permitting requirements for each project.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with municipalities, including, but not limited to Code Enforcement Staff, Building Inspectors, Members of City Councils, Planning & Zoning Staffs, Commissions and various neighborhood groups. Represent Crown Castle at municipal meetings to obtain all required zoning approvals.
  • Serve as liaison between jurisdiction and Legal team to resolve complex permitting and or zoning issues.
  • Provide research and advice to internal clients regarding zoning and permitting, requirements for jurisdictional approval. Identify and evaluate potential risk on a per project basis and present solutions.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or related field or equivalent work experience Wireless industry experience preferred but not required.
  • Zoning and Permitting experience required.
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school will be considered in lieu of experience.

Experience/Minimum Requirements

  • Two (2) or more years proven experience working in a municipality in a Planning, Zoning, and/or Land Use capacity or Wireless Industry required or equivalent in a comparable industry or relevant military experience.
  • Must be experienced in navigating corporate environment and working within a corporate group context.


  • Knowledge of applicable planning, zoning codes and regulations affecting site development. Experience in presenting and speaking to the public and governmental entities.
  • Familiar with requirements for zoning applications and supporting documentation including presentations for neighborhood or public hearings as required by local jurisdictions or as requested by respective property owners.
  • Comprehension and understanding of construction plans, standards, terminology, and surveys. Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to problem solve and provide solution alternatives Ability to comprehend contracts and agreements.
  • Ability to comprehend all title documentation.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills Travel to local governments and municipalities required.

Organizational Relationship

Reports to: Manager Service Delivery

Title(s) of direct reports (if applicable): N/A

Working Conditions: This role falls into our hybrid work model working in the office on Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, teammates on the hybrid schedule will have the option to work from the office or home. There is an expectation of collaboration with teammates and stakeholders for moments that matter that could require travel. Travel for in-person jurisdictional matters may be required on occasion.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

More Information on Crown Castle
Crown Castle operates in the Mobile industry. The company is located in Houston, TX, Irvine, CA and Canonsburg, PA. Crown Castle was founded in 1994. It has 4900 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 4 open jobs at Crown Castle, click here.
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