Airport Height Zoning

To ensure the safe operation of Tampa International, Peter O Knight, Plant City, and Tampa Executive airports and protect arriving and departing aircraft, the Aviation Authority has established height zoning regulations for all of Hillsborough County.

These regulations apply to buildings, signs, construction equipment such as cranes, trees and other objects. 

Permits from the Aviation Authority are required for structures in any zone outlined on the current Height Zoning Map, and any construction or alteration on any public use airport in Hillsborough County. 

The Aviation Authority also may enforce state regulations regarding the location of educational facilities, landfills and residential development to protect airports.

Applicants should also use the FAA Notice Criteria Tool to determine if their proposed project and/or equipment requires filing a form with the FAA and to assist in determining if an Airport Height Zoning Permit will be required. 

Proposers whose projects may exceed height zoning limitations may seek a variance from the Aviation Authority’s Board of Adjustment.

Mail applications to:
Planning and Development Department
Attention: Morgan Greif
Aviation Authority
P.O. Box 22287
Tampa, FL 33622
Fax: (813) 870-8782
Phone: (813) 870-8700 ext. 8442
mgreif@tampaairport.com

 
Questions and Pre-Application Conference

Tony Mantegna
Planning and Development Department
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
Phone: (813) 870-7863
tmantegna@tampaairport.com

 
FAA Mail Processing Center

Federal Aviation Administration 
Southwest Regional Office
Obstruction Evaluation Service, AJR-32 
2601 Meacham Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76193
Fax: (817) 838-1991

 
FDOT Contact

Greg Jones
Airspace and Land Use Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, Aviation Office
605 Suwannee St., MS 46
Tallahassee, FL  32399-0450
Phone: (850) 414-4502

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