License Minnesota

Airport License: Public Airport

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

Agency contact information:

Transportation (MnDOT), Minnesota Department of
395 John Ireland Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899
(800) 657-3774 | (800) 627-3529
Office of Aeronautics
222 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107 | (651) 234-7232 | (800) 657-3922
(651) 296-6666 (fax)
Contact Info: Judy Meyers


Minnesota Department of Transportation

Aeronautics & Aviation

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) provides a balanced transportation system. Responsible areas include aeronautics, highways, motor carriers, ports, public transit, railroads and pipelines.


Minn. Stats. 360


MINNESOTA RULES 8800.1600 - 8800.1800


Application for New Landing Area
Landing Area Location Form (Airport Diagram)

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Transportation (MnDOT) website, Aeronautics and Aviation section at Aviation Forms, Licenses and Registrations.


Licensing Process 

To license an airport in Minnesota:

* Obtain approval from the property owner to establish the airport.

* Develop a plan for the airport that will meet the licensing requirements for the type of aircraft and intended use of the airport. Be sure to consider aircraft performance in the airport design.

* Send a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  Form 74801-Notice of Landing Area Proposal  and a Landing Area Location Form (Airport Diagram) to the Great Lakes Region so that they can complete an airspace study for the proposed airport.

* Contact the local zoning agency to determine if there are any local restrictions and if a conditional use permit is required.

* Request a site approval from this office.

Once you have met the local requirements, obtained a site approval from Mn/DOT and received a letter of determination from the FAA, construction may begin. When the airport has been constructed:

   * Submit an Application for New Landing Area with a
      Landing Area Location Form (Airport Diagram) and
      the appropriate annual license fee. 

   * Return the completed goldenrod colored FAA
       Form 5010-5-Airport Master Record (Newly Established Private Use Airports) ,
      (Form 5010-3-Airport Master Record (Newly Established Public Use Airports))
      to the FAA so that the airport will be listed in the FAA's database and
      an airport identifier is issued. 

Once the airport has been inspected, and any discrepancies corrected MnDOT will issue an airport license.


$15 per year, or $40 for three years.

Period of Issuance:

Applicant chooses annually or every three years.

Length of Determination Process:

One to three weeks.

Other Pertinent Information:

FAA Form 74801-Notice of Landing Area Proposal , Landing Area Location Form pertains to personal-use airports, personal-use seaplane bases, and personal-use heliports only within 5 miles of a public airport.