Membership Renewal

Time to Renew?

Renew Online

Renew online by using the "My APA" link found at the top of every APA webpage.

If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so.

In the "Membership" section of your My APA page, click "Renew Online."

How to Pay

PAY BY PHONE

You may renew your membership by paying your dues over the phone using a credit card. Call 312-431-9100. Your payment will be processed within 1–2 business days.

PAY BY MAIL OR FAX

Send in your original invoice and payment in the return envelope provided or download the membership application form and fax it to us with credit card payment. Your payment will be processed within 7–10 business days from the time the payment is mailed, or 2–3 business days from the time the payment is faxed. To trace a mailed payment, we will need the date your payment cleared the bank.

Membership AUTO-RENEWAL PROGRAM

You may pay for your membership and other APA services electronically through monthly or annual charges to your credit card or debit card. Through APA's Auto-Renewal Program, you may qualify to pay your annual dues in up to a maximum of 10 equal installments.

You can sign up online during your membership renewal.

CHECK YOUR PAYMENT STATUS

Use the "My APA" link found at the top of every webpage. (If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so.) Your current APA paid-through date displays in the top section of your My APA page.


Special Membership Status

Retired Membership Status

You qualify as an APA Retired Member if you have been an active and continuous member for at least 10 years, are at least 65 years of age, and do not engage in any planning-related profession, business, or trade (excludes part-time non-planning or nonprofessional work). As an APA Retired member, you receive reduced APA, AICP, and chapter dues and a full exemption from the Certification Maintenance requirements.

Retired Membership Form

Members who do not qualify for retired membership may be eligible for reduced dues as unemployed or in transition members. See below for details.

Life Membership Status

You qualify as an APA Life Member if you have been an active and continuous member for at least 25 years and are at least 65 years of age. As an APA Life member, you receive reduced APA, AICP, and chapter dues and have two CM exemption options:

  • Option 1: You have to meet half the CM credit required (16 CM credits) including 1.5 credits each of ethics and law.
  • Option 2: If you are a Life Member who meets the Retired Member criteria, then you qualify for a full exemption from CM requirements.

Life Membership Form

Members who do not qualify for retired membership may be eligible for reduced dues as unemployed or in transition members. See below for details.

Unemployed/In Transition Membership Status

APA offers special reduced rates for current members who are not working on a temporary or permanent basis, but who do not meet the requirements of Life or Retired membership status. Members may qualify for one year of reduced dues for every three years of continuous membership, up to a maximum of five years (for those who have been members for 15 years or longer). Members must request the unemployed rate annually.

Unemployed/In Transition Form


AICP Membership Reinstatement

If your AICP membership has lapsed, please visit AICP Reinstatement to learn how to reinstate.


Membership Terms and Conditions

Individual Memberships

Membership Basics

All APA Memberships belong to the individual member, not an organization, even when an organization pays a member's dues, and are not transferable.

Memberships are renewed annually. (The membership period can be found on your MyAPA homepage.) Membership is renewed when dues are paid in full, unless actively enrolled in the auto-renew program's monthly/annual payments.

Dues are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. Dues may be considered a business expense, except for 38 percent of California chapter dues, which are allocated to chapter lobbying costs.

National and AICP Dues

National dues pay for basic APA membership. AICP dues cover your earned membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners. AICP members must be APA members. Both types of dues are based on current annual salary and other professional income to ensure that dues are fair to all members. Members may also elect not to disclose their income levels. APA and its members operate with integrity. Our salary-based dues structure depends on that integrity. Records are kept confidential.

If your annual salary or other professional income has changed, your dues may have also changed. You may update this in MyAPA, or during the online renewal process.

Retired/Life Members Dues

APA offers special reduced dues rates for retired and life members. Members must meet all requirements to qualify for these reduced dues and may request life or retired membership status. To request reduced dues, apply for Retired dues, or Life member, apply online.

Unemployed/In Transition Dues

APA offers special reduced dues rates for current members who are not working on a temporary or permanent basis, but who do not meet the requirements of a life or retired member. Members may qualify for one year of reduced dues for every three years of continuous membership, up to a maximum of five years (for those who have been members for 15 years or longer). Members must request this reduced rate annually. To request reduced rates, apply online.

Chapter Dues

Chapter dues cover membership in one or more chapters. Membership in a primary chapter, based on your preferred mailing address, is requires for members with U.S. mailing addresses. Members in U.S. territories or foreign military bases are exempted from this requirement. Additional chapter memberships are optional.

Indicate a change in your primary chapter or add an optional chapter during your online renewal, or by contacting Customer Service.

Division Dues

Membership in one or more special-interest divisions is optional. For dues rates, go to Member Dues. For details about APA's divisions, go to the Divisions homepage. Add divisions to your membership renewal, or by contacting Customer Service.

Additional Information

All dues and prices are subject to change. Payments received for dues and services are nonrefundable. Services will end automatically if payment is not received in full by the end of the service period as shown on the front of the invoice. If you want to stop services immediately, please contact renew@planning.org or call (312) 431-9100.

Group Memberships

Group Planning Board Members

Eligible participants are members of planning boards and commissions and city councils, aldermen, mayors, and other elected officials. They may not earn their living in planning. Members of AICP are not eligible for planning board membership.

Planning board members receive all regular APA member benefits.

For program details, visit the Commissioner page.

Faculty Memberships

Programs that are full members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) are eligible to enroll their faculty as academic members in APA. APA academic members receive all regular membership benefits plus a subscription to the online edition of the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Participating schools must sign up all faculty members with a rank of assistance professor or higher who devote 50 percent or more of their time to the planning department. Schools may enroll any other tenured, tenure-tracked, or emeritus faculty who currently teach in or have retired from the planning department. Schools may not enroll lecturers, adjunct faculty, or teaching assistants.

Additional Information

This invoice covers memberships and fees for group memberships paid for by the organization. Any other products or subscriptions purchased by you, will appear on a separate invoice.

All dues and prices are subject to change. Payments received for dues and services are nonrefundable. Services will end automatically if payment is not received in full by the end of the service period on the front of the invoice. If you want to stop services immediately, please contact renew@planning.org or (312) 431-9100.

Non-Members / Chapters, Divisions, Organizations, Libraries

Join APA (Individuals only)

APA is an outspoken advocate for planning. Become a member and join thousands of people who share your dedication to building communities of lasting value. An APA membership supports our research, policy efforts, and outreach. Here are some of the benefits members enjoy:

  • A subscription to Planning, the award-winning magazine that reports on cutting-edge debates and developments.
  • A discount on the Journal of the American Planning Association
  • Membership in a chapter at a lower rate than APA non-members
  • Discounts on division dues
  • Access to members-only features of APA's website
  • A substantial discount on the registration fee for the annual National Planning Conference
  • The opportunity for AICP certification

Join APA

Chapter Dues for APA Non-members

Chapters are your local source for networking and professional development. Dues vary by chapter. Chapter-only members are not members of APA national, do not qualify for discounts offered to APA members, and may not identify themselves as APA members. Change your chapter or join a new chapter during your online renewal, or by contacting Customer Service.

To find chapter dues, to go the Member Dues page.

Division Dues for APA Non-members

Membership in one or more special-interest divisions is optional. For dues rates, please go to the Member Dues page. For details about APA's divisions, go to the Division homepage. Add division to your membership during your online renewal, or by contacting Customer Service.

Publications

Add an APA publication to your order during your online subscription renewal, or by contacting Customer Service. For more information about these publications, go to Publications page.

JAPA, the quarterly Journal of the American Planning Association, has published research, commentaries, and book review of useful to practicing planners, policy makers, scholars, students, and citizens of urban, suburban, and rural areas. For more details, go to the JAPA homepage.

Zoning Practice monitors all the latest trends in local land-use controls and delivers practical guidance for code drafters and administrators. For more details, go to the Zoning Practice homepage.

Planning Advisory Service

Planners have turned to the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) for information and innovation since 1949. PAS is a free member benefit and APA's flagship research brand, with a suite of publications and curated content. For more details, go to the Planning Advisory Service page.

Additional Information

All dues and prices are subject to change. Payments received for dues and services are nonrefundable. Services will end automatically if payment is not received in full by the end of the service period as stated on the front of your invoice. If you want to stop services immediately, please contact renew@planning.org or 312-431-9100.