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

Permit Exemptions

Pursuant to Public Utilities Code (PUC) 21662 andCalifornia Code of Regulations (CCR) 3533, the following types of heliports are exempt from State Heliport Permit requirements:

  1. Airports owned or operated by the United States Government.
  2. Agricultural heliports – airports restricted to use only by agricultural aerial applicator aircraft (FAR Part 137 operators).
  3. Seaplane landing sites (for helicopters).
  4. Personal - use heliports in unincorporated areas which meet the requirements of Article 5 of CCR 3560.
  5. “Grandfathered” heliports which were established and are currently being used under an exemption granted under previous Department regulations. These heliports shall continue to be exempt, provided the use and conditions of the exemption continue to be met. These heliports shall be marked in accordance with CCR 3560(e).
  6. Heliports established on offshore oil platforms.
  7. Temporary helicopter landing sites that are not within 1000 feet of the boundary of a public or private school maintaining kindergarten classes or any classes in grades 1 through 12 (see California Heliport Definitions).
  8. Emergency medical services (EMS) landing sites (see California Heliport Definitions).
  9. Emergency use facilities (see California Heliport Definitions).
  1. An owner of an exempt heliport may apply for a permit under these regulations.
  2. The above listed exemptions do not supersede or negate any requirements of Federal agencies or local government jurisdictions.
  3. A heliport's exemption ceases if the heliport's owner no longer operates the heliport within the limitations of the exemption.
  4. A separate heliport permit is not required for a designated heliport located within the boundaries of a permitted airport if the heliport meets heliport design standards as described in Article 4 of the CCR (Sections 3550, 3552, 3554).
    (However, for these “on airport” heliports, the Department needs to approve the proposed heliport. See the Site Approval section for more information.)

Last Updated: February 28, 2014