San Juan Capistrano : Council Lowers City Charge for Dish-Antenna Variance

Businesses that want to install oversized satellite dish antennas must pay only $500, instead of $1,000, the City Council has decided.

An ordinance adopted last October limits antenna height to six feet and diameter to 10 feet. Residents who want a larger dish need a zoning variance, which costs $150. Businesses could get conditional-use permits for larger antennas for $1,000. The new fee for businesses, however, is $500.

Like other Orange County cities, San Juan Capistrano began regulating the size and height of the antennas in response to complaints about their unsightliness. Recently, interest in the antennas has increased, in part because of the city's restrictions on conventional roof antennas.

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