Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know if I need a Tall Structure Permit?

Determining if you need a tall structure permit requires a basic understanding of Lee County’s airspace notification criteria and zoning ordinances. Instructions on how to determine if your project requires a permit can be found on the Tall Structure Program web page. If you are unsure whether your proposed equipment or structure will require a permit, please contact the Lee County Port Authority’s Airport Planner.

Airport Planner
Lee County Port Authority
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What if my equipment/construction materials will only be up for a short period of time?

All construction equipment and materials, permanent or temporary, are subject to the Tall Structure Permit Process. That being said, discretion is used during the permitting process for very short-term projects, typically involving a temporary crane for air conditioning replacement or other last-minute maintenance items.

What if my equipment/construction materials will be shielded by existing trees and buildings?

All new temporary and permanent equipment/construction materials are required to undergo the permitting process and are not considered as shielded regardless of the heights and locations of surrounding objects. If the proposed project requires an airspace study, then the FAA may use discretion where shielding is concerned.

How long will it take to get my permit?

The permitting process through the Lee County Port Authority usually takes less than five business days depending on the nature of the project. However, if the project sponsor is required to file a 7460-1 with the FAA, then the process could take up to 180 days. A sponsor should always plan ahead and begin the process as soon as possible.

What if my project has multiple points for structures and equipment?

Many projects may have multiple points. For example, antennae, building corners, cranes and light poles, etc. When this is the case, the sponsor should submit points that are the tallest and at the farthest corners of the project site. For larger projects with multiple points, site maps, drawings and plans will need to be provided with the Tall Structure Application.

How do I know if I am required to file a 7460-1 with the FAA?

Technically, any temporary or permanent construction that penetrates an imaginary surface extending at a slope of 100:1 from the nearest point of the nearest runway is required to file a 7460-1 for the FAA to review. Filing a 7460-1 prior to any permanent construction project adjacent to an airport is a good idea. The review process can take up to 180 days, so be sure to file as early as possible. If you are unsure whether your proposed equipment or structure will require an Obstruction Evaluation, please contact the Lee County Port Authority’s Airport Planner.

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