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Residential Through-the-Fence Access Toolkit


Residential through-the-fence (RTTF) agreements allow people who own residential property with aircraft storage facilities near an airport to access the airport from off-airport property. These properties are sometimes known as "hangar homes." On February 14, 2012, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 was signed into law (P.L. 112-95). Section 136 of this law permits general aviation airports, as defined by the statute, to enter into residential through-the-fence agreements with property owners or association representing property owners for noncommercial use. RTTF agreements must comply with specific terms and conditions contained in the law. Section 185 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-254) was signed into law on October 5, 2018.  Section 185 permits the grandfathering of certain RTTF agreements that are noncommercial, and considered perpetual and cannot be readily changed.  However, the law also provides that if the agreement can be modified, then section 185 does not apply.

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