§ 155.517  APPLICABILITY.
   (A)   A tower shall not be approved unless it is used to support operating antennae or is itself an antenna.  Construction of approved towers must be commenced within 90 days of approval authority approval, and a final inspection of approved towers shall be made within 180 days of the issuance of a construction permit.  An extension, not exceeding 90 days, may be granted at staff’s discretion provided written documentation of a hardship is submitted as part of the request for extension.  If any tower is not used for a period of more than 180 days, then the tower must be removed within 30 days following the expiration of the 180-day time frame.  Any change in the use of a tower (height extension, and the like) must be approved in accordance with applicable sections of this code prior to implementation of the changes.
   (B)   Owners of existing towers who have previously registered their towers will be grandfathered to the extent of the location, height, setbacks of such towers.  Any future improvements other than those related to location, height, setbacks, or improvements on the sites of such towers shall conform to all requirements of all applicable codes, including this subchapter.  For purposes of this division, registration will mean submission of all information required by § 155.513(B)(1), (3) and (5) through (7) within 180 days of the effective date (July 19, 1999) of communication tower regulations contained in this code.
   (C)   Owners of existing towers who have not previously registered their towers must do so within 90 days of the effective date ( July 19, 1999) of communication tower regulations contained in this code. Any tower that does not meet the terms of this section shall not be increased in height nor shall any additional antennae be installed.
   (D)   The provisions of §§ 155.510 through 155.517 of this code shall not apply to county public service uses, including, but not limited to, communications towers used by York County or its designee for county public services uses, including but not limited to public safety, firefighting, law enforcement, medical, emergency, 911 public service uses, and potentially used for any subsidiary commercial co- locator user designated by the county.  Due to the unique nature of such county public service uses and the need to locate these uses in certain areas of the county irrespective of prevailing district regulations, York County may establish in any zoning district any public service use authorized to county government by any statute or law of the State of South Carolina, and such county public services uses, including towers used by York County or its designee for county public service uses, including but not limited to public safety, firefighting, law enforcement, medical, emergency or 911 public service uses, and potentially used for any subsidiary commercial co-locator user designated by the county, shall be governed by § 155.497 of the York County Code and such county public service uses shall be exempt from the regulations, requirements and provisions contained in §§ 155.510 through 155.517 of this code.
(‘77 Code, §19-225.8)  (Ord. passed 1-3-00; Am. Ord. 1401, passed 4-16-01; Am. Ord. 1104, passed 5-17-04)