Membership FAQ

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What are the benefits of joining APA?

Join the APA community — a diverse network of planners, commissioners, public officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens who are applying the benefits of planning to cities, towns, and neighborhoods nationwide. For all the details, visit the Membership page.

What is Group Planning Board Membership (GPBM)?

Group Planning Board Membership allows an agency to pay a participation fee of $100 and sign up an unlimited number of planning commissioners for $50 each ($45 for APA national dues and $5 for APA chapter dues) as long as they do not earn their living in planning.

How do I learn more about APA's Early Career Membership Program?

APA's Early Career Membership Program is a package of services, benefits, and dues discounts offered exclusively to planning's emerging professionals: students, recent graduates, and others in the early stages of their careers. All the details are available at the Students page.

Can I join an APA chapter without purchasing APA national membership?

Yes. Most chapters will allow you to obtain a "chapter-only" affiliation. However, this type of chapter membership does not give you membership in the American Planning Association. As a chapter-only affiliate, you will not receive the publications, benefits, and exclusive discounts given to APA members.


How do I change my address and other information?

Update your profile by signing in to the website and clicking "My APA" at the top of the webpage. selecting a link under "Account Settings." Or you may submit your update by using our customer service form.

How do I receive APA and AICP member discounts?

APA members receive discounts on many APA store products. AICP members pay the APA member price and receive additional discounts on some items. For membership information, visit the Membership page.

To take advantage of your APA or AICP member discount, sign in on any page of the website before you place items in your shopping cart. If you have not already done so, you will need to create a password via the Login Help page.

Am I eligible for Retired membership status?

Retired members are those who are a member of APA or AICP (current and continuous for 10 or more years); are 65 or older; and are retired from profession-related employment and not working full-time for any other employer, excluding part time non-planning or nonprofessional work. Download the form for this status.

Retirement rates: APA dues $90, Chapter dues $10, AICP (if applicable) $25. All publications and divisions fees are at standard price.

Am I eligible for Life membership status?

To be an APA Life member, you must be 65 or older and have been an active (current and continuous) member of APA for the past 25 years or more. Download the form for this status.

Life member rates: APA $65, Chapter $10, and AICP (if applicable) $15. All publication and division fees are at standard price.

How do I notify you about Planning Board Member changes?

If your organization has received a renewal invoice, the second page will list a complete roster of your current planning board members. Please add or delete individuals on this roster and fax it to us at 312-786-6700. Proceed to pay your invoice, inclusive of any changes.

If the changes occur during the middle of the membership year, e-mail the changes to and reference your organization's 6-digit subscriber ID number; we will make the changes accordingly.

How do I cancel my membership?

Member services will end automatically if payment is not received in full by the end of your paid membership year. You may receive another invoice after the end of your paid membership year, but please disregard it if you wish to discontinue your membership.

If you want to stop services immediately, please contact Membership dues for both APA and AICP are non-refundable.

Membership Dues

How much are APA and AICP membership dues?

Visit the APA and AICP Member Dues page for current dues rates.

How may I pay my member dues?

  • Online: Renew online by logging in using the "Sign in" button found at the top of every APA webpage. Click on "My APA" then click the "Renew Online" button in the Membership area of the page.
  • Phone: You may renew your membership by paying your dues over the phone using a credit card. Call 312-431-9100.
  • Fax: Fax the original invoice back to us with your credit card information. Our fax number is 312-786-6700. It takes 3 to 5 days to process faxed renewals.
  • Mail: Send in your original invoice and payment in the return envelope provided. Mail to American Planning Association, PO Box 4291, Carol Stream, IL 60197-4291.

Have you received my payment?

To check the status of your membership, log in using the "Sign in" button found at the top of every webpage. After logging in, click "My APA" at the top of the page. Your APA paid-thru date will appear at the top of the page.

Payments are processed within 7-10 business days from the time the payment is mailed, or 3-5 business days from the time the payment is faxed. To trace a payment we will need the date your payment cleared the bank.

How can I get a new or duplicate invoice?

For a new or duplicate invoice, contact

How do I pay dues for another person online?

In order to pay any invoice online, you must know the 6-digit membership ID number or e-mail address used on the account and the account's password. Once you've gathered this information, sign in to the website, choose "My APA," and click the "Renew Online" button in the Membership area of the page..

Can I pay my dues on an installment program?

You may pay for your membership and other APA services electronically through monthly deductions from your U.S. bank account or by charging your credit card. Through APA's direct debit program, you may qualify to pay your annual fees in up to a maximum of 12 equal installments.

For more information, download the application form.

I am unemployed, but I want to retain my membership; am I eligible for a reduced dues rate?

Active (current and continuous at regular member dues) paid APA membership for the past 3 or more years entitles you to 1 year of membership dues at the unemployment rate for a maximum of 5 years (15 years of active service). This is not a billable rate, so you will have to request the unemployment rate every year upon renewal.

Unemployment Rates: APA dues $50, Chapter dues $10, AICP (if applicable) $25. All publications and divisions are at regular price.