California Department of Transportation

Physical Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
1120 N Street, Room 3300
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics,
MS 40 P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Shipping Address:
1415 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

General Information:
Fax - 916.653.9531



Heliport Permitting

Temporary Heliport Authorization

PUC 21663 makes it unlawful for a heliport to be operated without a State Heliport Permit (unless otherwise exempted). CCR 3532 provides a process for temporary authorization of a heliport, for reasons like using another landing site during TLOF reconstruction, or other short-term needs. To obtain a Temporary Heliport Authorization, a person must submit a letter of request, along with the following information and documentation:

  1. Name of person applying and name of the aircraft operator.
  2. Site location (latitude and longitude and other descriptive information which will assist in locating site).
  3. Local area map with site plotted on map (United States Geological Survey, city map, etc.).
  4. Type(s) of aircraft to use the site.
  5. Period (start and end dates) and expected number of operations (landings and takeoffs).
  6. Purpose and description of operations.
  7. Letter or notice of approval from local governing body (city or county).
  8. Letter or notice of approval by landowner.
  1. Pursuant to PUC 21662.5, for a Temporary Heliport Authorization for helicopter operations within 1000 feet of a school, see the Helicopter Landing Authorization page.
  2. The Department will evaluate temporary heliport sites using the heliport design standards in Article 4 of the CCR. Variances may potentially be granted from design standards when safety of flight or the interests of the general public are not jeopardized.
  3. Temporary Heliport Authorizations are for specific events and specified time periods.

Last Updated: December 20, 2013