Airspace Regulations & Guidance


Local Ordinance

      • The Lee County Land Development Code is the legal arm by which the municipality enforces state and federal regulations. As a result, the provisions of the Lee County Land Development Code (LDC) go hand-in-hand with state and federal regulations regarding tall structures permitting. LDC 34-1101 et seq. provide regulations and protections for the land encompassing and surrounding Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field. While multiple items are addressed, provisions regarding tall structures permitting can be referenced in LDC 34-1107 and LDC 34-1108, as amended or renumbered. For more information, please refer to Lee County Land Development Code Chapter 34, Article 6, Division 12- Airport Compatibility District.

State Regulations & Guidance

      • Florida Administrative Code Ac-13-7 establishes procedures for permitting vertical objects that exceed thresholds of the LCPA Airport Obstruction Notification Zone, requiring Tall Structures Permit review. The LCPA Tall Structures Permit review applies when the defined vertical threshold of the LCPA Airport Obstruction Notification Zone is exceeded by any proposed permanent or temporary construction or alteration of an object, terrain or structure, equipment or materials or alteration of any permanent or temporary existing structure by a change in the structure’s height, including appurtenances, lateral dimensions and equipment or materials used in the structure. For more information, please refer to Florida Administrative Code 13-7.
      • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Aviation and Spaceports Office (ASO) supports airport and airspace protection and zoning operations and procedures through the adoption, administration and enforcement of airport protection and airport compatible land use zoning regulations. This is in accordance with Chapter 333, Florida Statutes (FS), Airport Zoning, and the utilization of federal obstruction evaluation and airport airspace analysis (OE/AAA) in accordance with 14 C.F.R. Part 77, to ensure the safe and efficient use of navigable airspace and the operation of existing or planned air navigation and communication facilities. These operations and procedures include Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards and procedures for aeronautical studies and FDOT and local government airspace obstruction permitting processes. For more information, please refer to Chapter 333 Florida Statutes
      • Airport Compatible Land Use Guidebook published by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Aeronautics Division is a product of extensive stakeholder input, and involves representatives from government, the aviation and real estate industries, and non-governmental organizations with an interest in aviation, planning, or governance. PRECAUTIONARY NOTE: As a result of the recent amendment of Chapter 333, Florida Statutes, (effective July 1, 2016) the current Airport Compatible Land Use Guidebook contains significant portions of text and graphics inconsistent with the provisions of the new Chapter 333 and should not be relied upon to amend existing Airport Zoning Regulations. The Airspace and Spaceports Office is in the process of revising the Guidebook to conform to Chapter 333, but it is not scheduled to be completed until the end of the calendar year.

Federal Regulations & Guidance

      • 14 CFR Part 77, Safe, Efficient Use, and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace governs the safe, efficient use and preservation of the navigable airspace. The navigable airspace is a limited national resource. Navigable airspace is defined as the airspace at or above the minimum altitudes of flight that includes the airspace needed to ensure safety in the takeoff and landing of aircraft. Congress has charged the FAA with administering this airspace in the public interest, as necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and its efficient use. For more information, please refer to 14 CFR Part 77, Safe, Efficient Use, and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace.
      • Order 8260.3D, the United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPs) prescribes standardized methods for designing and evaluating instrument flight procedures (IFPs) under Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 95 and Part 97. It also contains design guidance related to other IFPs and Air Traffic Control (ATC) charts not specified under Parts 95 or 97. It is to be used by all personnel responsible for the preparation, approval and promulgation of IFPs. The criteria contained in this order are predicated on normal aircraft operations and performance. For more information, please refer to Order 8260.3B, the United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS).
      • Advisory Circular 150/5300-13 (as amended), Airport Design contains the FAA standards and recommendations for the design of civil airports. This substantial revision fully incorporates all previous changes to AC 150/5300-13 as well as new standards and technical requirements. For more information, please refer to Advisory Circular 150/5300-13A, Airport Design.